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Each year, more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occur in the United States. About 90% of the people who experience an OHCA will die. While these numbers are nothing short of staggering, The American Heart Association also notes that “CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.” 

45% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive when bystander CPR is administered.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an easy-to-learn lifesaving procedure undertaken by first responders or bystanders in an effort to maintain the flow of oxygen to and from the brain and other vital organs. Often, artificial respiration (mouth-to-mouth or bag-valve mask ventilation) accompany manual chest compressions; however, compression-only CPR is an effective technique bystanders can use until more help arrives. 

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