Excerpted from Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
November 30, 2009
What if you could have saved a life had you known CPR? What if you needed help and no one around you could help you? Take a few hours today to learn this life-saving skill. It can change your life—and someone else's life—forever.
Find a place near you that teaches CPR or arrange for a certified CPR instructor to come to your school or workplace. Your local hospital is a good place to start.
Sign up for a class with a family member, a friend, or even your kids.
Learn CPR. It only takes a few hours.
Post CPR guidelines in a kitchen cupboard, your office, your car, and anywhere else you frequent. These guidelines may come in handy during emergency situations. Tell people around you that the guidelines are there in case they need to perform CPR.
Cardiac arrest may be caused by drowning, drug overdoses, poisoning, electrocution, and many other conditions.
95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
Nearly 80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home.
4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest, brain death starts to occur.
CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.