Live demonstration of hands-only CPR/AED
Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack? In the event of someone near you experiencing a heart attack or other sudden cardiac event or injury that leads to a need for lifesaving measures to be taken immediately, are you informed and aware of the best way to perform hands-only CPR or utilize a defibrillator until first responders or medical professionals arrive?
In this short video, Prisma Health nurses explained what to watch for when it comes to a heart attack, offered advice on what you should do if someone near you appears to be having a heart attack and showcased a live demonstration of hands-only CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED.
The use of both techniques can save lives during those critical moments between the initial injury or event and the ability of medical professionals to provide experienced emergency care. Damar Hamlin’s recent cardiac event is one well-known example in which immediate CPR and use of an AED was an essential factor not only in saving his life but helping him recover more quickly afterward.
CPR classes are often available in your local community, and having these skills on hand may help you feel more comfortable and capable of taking action during an emergency.
Remember: If someone near you appears to be suffering a heart attack:
- Call 911 immediately
- Check for signs of breathing and a pulse
- Utilize hands-only CPR if needed
- Ask someone to locate an AED if possible
- Continue compressions until first responders arrive
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