If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.
Hands only CPR by AHA
It is even catching on with high school students. Freshmen at eight Florida schools who learned and practiced chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth ventilation reported increased knowledge and decreased fear of performing lifesaving skill on actual victim compared to video-only training.
Ny has gone as far as making it a requirement. High school students across the city and state will soon learn how to save lives in school.
A regulation approved by the Board of Regents will require students to learn hands-only CPR. Students will also be taught how to use automated defibrillators.
Advocates say the move is long overdue.
"With CPR, you can double, even triple the amount of people that we save," said Dan Moran, a CPR advocate. "The key is, when someone goes down, you've got a matter of minutes. And if you can get someone in the first minute, the survivor rate's here (moves hand near top of head). Each minute after, it goes down."
The regulation takes effect on October 7.
Assembly Bill 319 by Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez passed the Assembly Education Committee in April. The bill holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers by ensuring high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 424,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Alarmingly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to perform CPR. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.