Most people know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save lives, but hesitate learning because they're worried it will be too challenging. It's important to remember that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes in the U.S. and most people that suffer from cardiac arrest never receive CPR, which could increase their chance of survival. When taught correctly, CPR is actually easy to learn, with tens of thousands of people each year learning how to perform it.
If you're still hesitant to learn CPR, consider the following:
- CPR saves lives: With more than 300,000 people in the U.S. suffering from cardiac arrest each year, CPR is needed more often than people assume. If you are able to perform CPR on someone who has lost consciousness and stopped breathing, you can help his or her blood to keep circulating while waiting on professional medical help. When CPR is performed on someone experiencing cardiac arrest, their chance of survival more than doubles.
- Most cardiac arrest happens at home: While many people may hope to rely on others if CPR is needed, the reality is that more than 85% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. This means you may be the only person present to perform CPR in the critical moments it's needed.
- Mouth-to-mouth is not required: Whether or not they'd like to admit it, many people are skeptical to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In 2010, CPR guidelines were changed, with hands-only CPR becoming a viable option for those uncomfortable with mouth to mouth.
- CPR is not used enough: Believe it or not, only 15 to 30% of people who suffer cardiac arrest receive CPR. Many bystanders are afraid of doing more harm to the person or are worried about legal risks. When facing a life-or-death situation, CPR should always be performed.
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