This week is National CPR Awareness Week. Knowing hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can enable you to save a person who experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
Hands-only CPR is used to help sustain a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest while emergency medical technicians are on the way. Sudden cardiac arrest is most commonly caused by an electrical error in the heart called a ventricular fibrillation.
When a person’s heart stops beating, the brain does not receive the oxygen-rich blood it needs to stay healthy. After too long without fresh, oxygenated blood, it begins to suffer damage. This damage can result in permanent brain injuries.
Being informed on how to perform hands-only CPR can not only help you save a life, but it can also help you prevent such brain injuries from occurring.