than 350,000 people had sudden cardiac arrest outside of a
hospital in 2017. Those who received CPR were two to three
times more likely to survive.
Moeckly, a Mayo Clinic cardiac nurse, explains the five steps
you should go through in an effort to save a life.
moment everyone hopes they never experience, but it could
happen any time: finding a person in cardiac arrest –
unconscious and nonresponsive.
says the first thing you should do is make sure the scene is
safe before approaching the person. Step No. 2 is to call 911
and get help on the way.
3: Check for breathing and a pulse.
person is not breathing and has no pulse, Moeckly says it’s
time to start step No. 4: chest compressions.
both hands, push down on the person’s sternum about 2-2 1/2
you want to go to 100 to 120 beats per minute," Moeckly
says. "And the most common song people think of when they
perform CPR is "Stayin’ Alive" by the Bee
about 30 compressions, step No. 5 is rescue breaths.
want to ensure that their airway is open before you administer
a breath to them," Moeckly says. "So you’ll tilt
their head and then breathe into their mouth a full, deep
second, take a deep breath, (and) breathe into their mouth for
another deep second."
says, from there, the best thing you can do is to repeat the
process until the person wakes up or help arrives.