The Hands On Heart Campaign is designed to teach the latest CPR method recommended by the American Heart Association. It encourages bystanders to help adults who suffer sudden cardiac arrest by providing high-quality chest compressions when pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest, with minimal interruptions. Compression-Only CPR is much simpler to perform than the traditional CPR and therefore people are more likely to do it. Most importantly, the new recommendations remove the largest obstacle, the requirement for mouth-to-mouth ventilation, commonly called 'rescue breathing,' that has kept many people from taking appropriate action. Research shows that the survival rate is better with chest compression only vs. doing nothing until the paramedics arrive.
During the month of February, the American Heart Month, our goal is to educate the public on how to save lives!
If a family member, friend or infant in your care had a cardiac or first aid emergency in your presence, could you recognize the signs and respond quickly and appropriately?
Less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims are administered immediate CPR from bystanders. Southwest Health Systems and the American Heart Association are equipping people and communities to act in emergencies and ultimately save lives.
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