- You do not need to be a medical professional to learn or give CPR. Anyone, teens and adults, can perform CPR.
- You do not need to give mouth-to-mouth CPR. Hands-only CPR is just as effective in two steps: first, call 911 and then begin to push hard and fast with the heel of your hands in the center of the chest.
- You are giving someone a better chance to survive. About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. In the absence of a medical team, performing CPR can mean saving a loved one’s life.
CPR is a life-saving procedure, especially in a cardiac arrest emergency. When a heart stops working, CPR takes its place to pump oxygen through the body. This helps to prevent additional damage to the brain, heart, and organs. When administered right away, CPR can improve a person’s health outcome.
While CPR is a vital skill to have, only one-third of Americans reported feeling confident giving CPR. In another study, technical, emotional, and language barriers often hinder people from performing CPR effectively. In such a moment of distress, it is important to remember to act quickly.
Given the sudden nature of cardiac arrests, the best way to prepare is to become familiar with CPR and not be afraid to use it. Start building your confidence by reading updated guidelines, watching a hands-only CPR video, and sharing them with your friends and family. You can also sign up for free hands-only CPR training with the New York City Fire Department.