Why You Should Learn CPR

You may or may not be a Buffalo Bills fan or even a football fan, yet chances are high that you know the story of Damar Hamlin. During the January 2, 2023 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Damar Hamlin who played as a defensive safety, suffered cardiac arrest after making a tackle. While the entire stadium watched and was stunned into silence, a member of the Bills’ training staff performed CPR on the field. The administration of CPR resuscitated Hamlin and is widely credited with saving his life.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs because of an irregular heart rhythm that causes unexpected loss of heart function. Breathing stops and the victim falls unconscious. Blood flow ceases. Damage to the brain can occur in as little as three minutes without adequate blood flow. After nine minutes, the damage to the brain can be irreparable.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) saves lives. According to the American Heart Association, performing CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. If you are not fully trained in CPR, you can still offer aid by performing chest compressions. This helps to keep the blood flowing to major organs. Hands-only CPR involves placing your hands in the center of the victim’s chest, locking your elbows, and pushing hard and fast.

Performing CPR right away while others call 911 and look for an AED (automated external defibrillator) can help a person survive cardiac arrest.

Interested in learning how to get certified in CPR or Hands-only CPR? Contact your local First Aid, YMCA, or the American Red Cross to find out when classes are offered in your area. A small investment of time to become proficient at CPR may lead to you becoming a lifesaver.


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