New CPR guidelines take the emphasis off of mouth to mouth breathing and put it on chest compressions. This change makes it possible to save more lives. The next step is widespread CPR education, bringing the knowledge and ability to perform CPR during an emergency into every home and workplace. Delays between the onset of cardiac arrest and beginning CPR lower the victim’s chance of survival.
Often times, up to 75% of the time actually, cardiac arrest victims do not respond to shock treatment. The underlying cause of the cardiac arrest prevents a shock from restarting the heart. In these cases, CPR compressions deliver oxygen to the brain and vital organs, preventing brain damage and death.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. There are no warning signs or symptoms. Victims never know when it will happen, where it will happen, or who will be there to see it happen. Knowing what to do, when an arrest occurs, how to provide emergency care until an ambulance arrives, and the location of the closest AED can make the difference between life and death. Thus, widespread CPR/AED certification course can save many lives.