This week is National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
Every year, June 1-7 is set aside to spotlight how lives and be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED, an automated external defibrillator.
When someone enters cardiac arrest, it means the heart stops pumping. This stops oxygen from entering the brain.
Hands-on CPR allows those administering aid to keep the heart pumping until medics arrive.
There are two important steps to remember in this situation. First, call 911. Second, begin administering CPR.
Lay the patient on their back on a flat surface. Then, find the bottom of the rib cage. Move two inches up to the center of the chest. Place the palm of one hand here and cross your wrists to place the other hand on top, palm over the palm. Begin pushing hard and fast.
Some recommend pumping to the beat of the song ‘Staying Alive.’ This speed allows for 100-120 compressions per minute which is the recommended national rate. Continue pumping until medics arrive on the scene.