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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, 1.3 million Americans suffer heart attacks each year and 600,000 or one half of those who do will not survive. Heart attacks usually begin before a patient arrives at our door.
That’s why The University of Kansas Hospital is joining with the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department to improve those odds through the Heart-Safe Community Program.
A big part of this program is educating the public on a newer bystander CPR method which requires hands-only CPR.
“We know CPR saves lives and we know when an adult goes down it’s usually because the heart has stopped working or not pumping blood properly,” Jerilyn Rodgers, chest pain coordinator at The University of Kansas Hospital, said. “There is still oxygen left in the lungs when a person suffers a heart attack so when you push on the chest you’re circulating oxygenated blood. The Hands-Only CPR takes away all the reasons why people do nothing. This is easy … anyone can lock their elbows and push on a chest 100 times a minute.”
Rodgers said an easy way to remember how fast to administer the Hands-Only CPR is to think of the familiar “Stayin Alive” song. While there is not certification for Hands-Only CPR, people still need training to be officially certified in traditional CPR.
- Story from KU Hospital