Is There a Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could save the life of someone you know. Watch and discover why CPR is so critical in a sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest can occur unexpectedly
Do you believe someone is having a cardiac arrest? The signs are as follows:
- Sudden loss of responsiveness - even if you tap them hard on the shoulder or ask them loudly if they're OK, the person does not respond. The person does not move, speak, blink, or react in any way.
- The person is not breathing normally or is only gasping for air.
What should I do?
If you believe the person is in cardiac arrest and you’re a trained lay rescuer:
- Ensure the scene's safety.
- Check for a response.
- Scream for assistance/get help immediately. Tell someone nearby to dial 112/119 or your local emergency number. Request that person or another bystander bring you an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), if one is available. Tell them that time is crucial. If you are alone with an adult who is showing signs of cardiac arrest, dial 112/119 and get an AED around you..
- Examine for lack of breathing or only gasping. Begin CPR with compressions if the person is not breathing or is only gasping.
- Begin CPR with compressions if the person is not breathing or is only gasping.
- Begin performing high-quality CPR. Push down on the center of the chest for at least 5 cm at a rate of 100 to 120 pushes per minute. After each push, allow the chest to return to its normal position.
- Use of an AED. Turn it on and follow the prompts as soon as it arrives.
- Maintain high quality CPR. Give it to the person until they begin to breathe or move, or until someone with more advanced training, such as an EMS team member, takes over.
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