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Bystander CPR highlighted during National CPR and AED Awareness Week

May 31, 2019 GMT

<p class=“paragraph”>( NewMediaWire ) - May 31, 2019 - Dallas - Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR? Performing CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Higher bystander CPR rates have been linked to greater survival rates after a cardiac arrest but currently, bystanders only perform CPR 37% of the time. </p> <p class=“paragraph”> <u style=“font-size: 1rem;”> National CPR and AED Awareness Week </u><span style=“font-size: 1rem;”>, June 1– 7, aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is working to increase the number of </span> bystanders <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> who use CPR in an emergency.</span></p> <p class=“paragraph”> <img align=“left” hspace=“15″ id=“nmw-image-img” src=“http://cms.ipressroom.com.s3.amazonaws.com/67/files/20194/June+2019+-+CPR+and+Safety.jpg” style=“padding: 10px; border: 1px solid #ccc” vspace=“4″ width=“240”/><span style=“font-size: 1rem;”>In nine airports throughout the country, Hands-Only CPR training </span> kiosks <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> are operated by the American Heart Association and supported by Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc. Travelers can get trained in Hands-Only CPR in about five minutes while they wait for their flights. Each kiosk has a touch screen with a short video that provides an overview of Hands-Only CPR, followed by a practice session and a 30-second test. With the help of a practice manikin, the kiosk gives feedback about the depth and rate of </span>compression<span style=“font-size: 1rem;”>, as well as proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.</span></p> <p> <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”>There are an additional </span> 35 kiosks <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> across the United States, 18 of which are located at several U.S. airports. More than 200,000 people have been trained across all the kiosks. Kiosk visitors can select to do the training in English or Spanish. The training also has closed captioning to make the instruction available to everyone.</span></p> <p> <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”>Furthermore, </span> research <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> has shown that surveillance and reporting are the foundational element to improve patient outcomes from cardiac arrest. The </span> Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival <span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> (CARES) covers a population of over 124 million people, includes a total of over 350,000 records and approximately 63 participating communities in 18 states, and 23 state-based registries, 1,400 EMS agencies and over 1,900 hospitals. In support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services goals to have all 50 states participating in a national registry within two years and double survival from witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association has committed $500,000 over the next three years to help expand the registry to new states. CARES participants can benchmark their performance to identify opportunities for quality improvement and thus increase cardiac arrest survival in their community.</span></p> <p> <b style=“font-size: 1rem;”>Additional Resources:</b><span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> </span></p> <p class=“paragraph”></p><ul><li>Take 90 seconds to learn how to save a life at <u> www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR </u> </li><li>Download free materials to help celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week at www.heart.org/CPRWeek   </li></ul> <p align=“center” class=“paragraph”><b>###</b> </p> <p class=“paragraph”><b> </b> About the American Heart Association</p> <p>The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.</p> <p><b> </b><b style=“font-size: 1rem;”>For Media Inquiries:</b><b style=“font-size: 1rem;”> </b><span style=“font-size: 1rem;”> </span></p> <p>Monica Sales: 214-706-1527; Monica.Sales@heart.org  </p> <p class=“paragraph”>For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) </p> <p class=“paragraph”><u> heart.org </u> and <u> strokeassociation.org </u>  </p>