Jun 12, 2024

Be Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Essential Steps to Save a Life

Crisp Living.

Would you know what to do if the person next to you experienced sudden cardiac arrest? When the heart stops unexpectedly, every minute counts, and your quick action can make all the difference.

Cardiac arrests can happen anytime, anywhere, so it’s crucial to be prepared. Take a moment to learn how you can effectively respond to this medical emergency:

  • Kneel next to them on a firm, flat surface.
  • Position your hands correctly: Place the heel of one hand in the center of his or her chest with your other hand on top. Lock your elbows to keep your arms straight. For infants, use two fingers instead of your whole hand.
  • Perform chest compressions: Push hard and fast, following the rhythm of songs like “Staying Alive” or “Baby Shark,” ensuring the chest rises fully after each compression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 350,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of hospitals annually in the United States. Sadly, 60% to 80% of these individuals die before reaching the hospital. By keeping these #CrispTips in mind, you can help reduce that statistic and potentially save a life.

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