Be a lifesaver; not a bystander. Learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR from Gordon A. Ewy, MD, and Karl Kern, MD, the physician researchers who developed this new approach to CPR.
Did you know...
- Overall, the rates of survival from cardiac arrest are almost four times greater with CPR.
- In some parts of Canada, the number of bystanders who know how to perform CPR is very low.
- 35 to 55% of cardiac arrests are witnessed by a bystander — usually a family member or friend.
- Less than 5% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, largely because CPR is not performed at all or not started soon enough.
- Cardiac arrest survival rates increase when bystanders follow the first three links in the Chain of Survival™:
- phoning 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
- performing CPR right away.
- providing defibrillation as soon as possible.
- 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.
- Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more bystanders knew and performed CPR, more people would reach the hospital alive and more lives could be saved.
- Brain death starts to occur within 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if CPR and defibrillation do not occur during that time.
- If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10% for every minute that passes without CPR.
- Defibrillation using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be performed within minutes of a cardiac arrest. An AED is less likely to return the heart to a normal rhythm if CPR has not been performed prior to applying the AED. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.