Acronyms such as CPR and AED are familiar to most people when the discussion turns to cardiac arrest, but how much the average person really knows – or doesn’t know – about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) may surprise you.
Knowing CPR, especially hands-only CPR, and how an AED works could very well save the life of someone you love.
“If you’re not comfortable doing the breathing, just do hands-only CPR. That increases a person’s chance of survival.” Christopher Greb, Macungie Ambulance Corps.
The American Heart Association says 70% of Americans might feel helpless to act either because they don’t know CPR or because it’s been a very long time since they were trained. A 2019 survey commissioned by Cintas Corporation showed nearly two-thirds of Americans weren’t confident they could operate an AED.