A Four Hour Class is the Difference between Life and Death (by Kyle Drewry, 11946)


kyle.drewry-cpr-2The most common cause of death worldwide is cardiac arrest. Yet when it happens 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency. This is because they don’t have CPR training or it’s been too long since they have taken it.   More than 88% of all cardiac arrests occurring in the home. So chances are the life you could save by knowing CPR, is a friend or family member.

The good news is that even know these numbers may be scary, they are easily improved. When someone gets trained correctly in CPR, the over-all odds of survival of the victim go up by 3 times. It has been proven to be the absolutely most important thing for someone who has suffered cardiac arrest. Even if people do it incorrectly the odds of living are still significantly better. So there is no harm to be done.

Learning these lifesaving skills is also very simple. When done by a certified instructor, these classes take as little as two hours. Over time the method of CPR has been simplified and been made more civilian friendly. For instance since 2008 the Hands-Only method. With this method the only thing that touches the patient is your hands, no mouths required. It has been shown to be just as effective as its mouth to mouth predecessor. Hopefully making it easier and less invasive will make more people do it. As of now only 32 percent of strangers get CPR from bystanders.

The Research

If you are looking for more information here are some great articles and facts regarding CPR.

“CPR Statistics.” CPR Statistics. N.P., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.  The authors, researchers at the American Heart Association, use data collected from ongoing clinical research from all across the country. This is consistently updated due to the changing information regarding the changing statistics of CPR. American Heart Association is the leading authority on CPR research.

Eisenberg, Mickey. “Facts and CPR information.” Facts and CPR Information. University of Washington, 1 Oct. 2010. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.  The author of this piece uses local data collected from a number of Fire and EMS agencies. It focus on the safety of CPR. How there has never been a case of aids transferred through mouth to mouth resuscitation. It shows how much better patient outcomes are if a person on scene is trained in CPR.

Gleason, Megan L. An Analysis of Continuous Chest Compression CPR for EMS Providers During Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Tech. no. 137. Illinois Wesleyan University, 21 Apr. 2010. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.  The author displays the constantly changing information about CPR. How the practices can change drastically over time, and how the research is ongoing. It also shows that no matter what highly trained professionals do after, the most important part of saving someone’s life is early quality CPR.

How to Get Involved

Want to get involved? There are many ways you can make the world around you a safer place. First off sign up for a class. This way you can get yourself the knowledge you need to start helping people. Even if you don’t have time to sit in a class, here is a link to the Hands Only CPR video lesson. With this short video lesson you will have the tools to help people around you.


One comment

  1. Chad

    Great article, Kyle ! I had no idea that so many cardiac events happen at home. With those stats it makes me think that families should spend a little more time learning CPR.

    You mentioned only 32% receive CPR from bystanders: is this because they are untrained, or just unwilling to get involved? I would have thought more people would be willing to help in an emergency situation. That would be interesting to know.

    I thought the links that you provided were great. A nice introduction to hands only and a convenient link to a class. Hopefully, this makes it easy to get involved and increase the number of people that know CPR.

    Well done…this is a great topic.

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