Why Is Learning CPR Important?
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest claims more lives around the world than the three leading cancers, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined.
Unfortunately, about 90 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. In 2015, cardiac arrest claimed the lives of 366,807 people in the US. When High Quality CPR is provided immediately after a cardiac arrest, the person's chance of survival can double or triple. For more information, view Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics as published by the American Heart Association here.
Bystander CPR improves survival
According to 2014 data, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when bystander CPR was administered.
The majority of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) occurs at public settings (18.8 percent), mostly homes/residences (69.5%) and nursing homes (11.7%).
Immediately providing High Quality CPR after a cardiac arrest may double or triple the person's chance of survival.