Saving Lives with CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essential to the survival of sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, only about 40% of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR before professional help arrives. However, if CPR is administered immediately after cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

We’ve Got You Covered

Chest injuries, such as broken ribs or a cracked sternum, are possible when performing CPR, but without any interventions, a cardiac arrest victim will die. In Colorado, the Good Samaritan Act for Emergency Care (C.R.S. 13-21-108) protects people from liability who render aid, without compensation, to someone in need. In other words, if you are a bystander and accidentally break a cardiac arrest victim’s ribs during CPR, you can’t be sued.

Get Trained

Taking a CPR class can provide you with the needed knowledge and skills. Refreshing those skills often is usually necessary. Soon, you will be able to locate a class near you from a list posted on this website. If you teach CPR in Colorado, please complete the registration form to add your training to the public listing.

If you cannot attend a full training, it is important to learn the basics of compression-only or hands-only CPR. Hands-only CPR is CPR without rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth). Hands-only CPR is best suited for teens or adults.  It’s easy to learn.

Press hard and fast in the center of the chest in the center of the chest, down at least 2 inches with the full weight of your body. Compressions should be at the rate of 100 to 120 presses per minute, or about 2 compressions per second.     It may help to think of a song that has the right tempo.  “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, “Macarena” by Los del Río, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor or “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga are all within that range.

To Learn More, Please watch the educational Videos below. 

Not only learning but also performing CPR, is critical. With over 70% of OHCAs occurring in the home, you may be saving the life of your loved one.

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