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- Cardiac arrest may be caused by drowning, drug overdoses, poisoning, elecrtocution, and many other conditions.
- 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
- 75% to 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.
CPR can double a victim's chance of survival!
Take action today!
- Call your local hospital to find a place near you that teaches CPR or to arrange for a certified CPR instructor to come to your school or workplace.
- Sign up for a class with a family member or friend.
- Learn CPR. It only takes a few hours!
- Post CPR guidelines in a kitchen cupboard, office, 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.
What if you could have saved a life had you known CPR?
What if you needed help and no one around you could help? Take a few hours today to learn this life-saving skill. It can change your life...and someone else's life...forever.
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)
For information about CPR classes offered through American Red Cross of Northeastern California, please visit www.arcnec.org.