According to the American Heart Association, nearly 70 percent of Americans wouldn't know how to administer CPR in an emergency situation.
It takes just 10 minutes to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive. Hands-Only CPR focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time. You can learn Hands-Only CPR for free.
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Training in hands-only CPR does not equal certification in traditional CPR. Still, the American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR in cases where a teen or adult suddenly collapses in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). “CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival,” according to the AHA.