By­s­tanders save lives

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

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.

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