Bystanders save lives
Survival rates for cardiac arrest patients increase when bystanders administer hands-only compressions before emergency workers arrive. Immediate compressions are vital because brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes after cardiac arrest. Since June, Central EMS has taught about 2,000 people hands-only compression in the hopes that more will get involved when they see cardiac arrests. Immediate involvement could save a life, emergency officials say.