Colorado Source for Cardiac Arrest Education

The Office of Cardiac Arrest Management is a new office within the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment established to coordinate and promote effective strategies to reduce deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Only 1 out of 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive to hospital discharge.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) are a public health issue as they claim the lives of 356,000 Americans each year, according to the American Heart Association.

Early intervention is key to reduce cardiac arrest deaths

Call 911

If you are with someone, have them call while you start CPR.  If you’re alone, put the call on speakerphone while you start CPR or wait for the dispatcher to give directions.

Perform CPR

In adults and teens, push down hard and fast in the middle of the chest, at a compression rate of 100-120 beats per minute and a depth of at least 2 inches

Use an AED

Send someone to get an AED, then open it and follow the directions.  Try not to stop CPR unless the AED tells you to do so.

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