Asking why CPR works is like asking why does light appear when we flip a light switch a certain direction when we walk into a dark room. Will that light switch work 100% of the time ? Could there be outside environmental, or internal wiring problems preventing that light switch from doing what it was originally engineered to do by it’s creator?
Here’s the bigger question for our comparison: If we do not know where the light switch is in that dark room, or if we do not turn that light switch the proper direction to it’s on position, what is the percentage of chance for the room to become illuminated ?
Statistics from www.heart.org/cpr, reveal to us that effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
Our heart is a fascinating and complicated machine that, along with other major organs of the body, power our physical body to sustain our life. Should our heart for whatever biological or environmental reason stop beating, we are hoping that a family member, office worker or trained emergency medical responder will know the process by which to get us timely help.
Additionally , we would also hope our hero would know where, figuratively speaking our light switch is located (cpr compressions onto the chest) to bring us out of the dark and use the newer, more simplified process since the newer 2010 standards went into effect, to give us a mathematical chance to enjoy at least one more piece of birthday cake with our family.
All we can hope for is a chance. A CPR hero can give us that chance. For those of us who have had to deal with sudden illness in our own families, the statistics hit home for us and it should because 88% of cardiac arrests do indeed occur at home.
Our heart, like a light switch can make the difference between darkness and light. We do not need to become an electrician or a heart specialist to get super hero training and be given the training to turn on someone’s heart light.
Simply enroll in a free class in your community or online. You can also visit www.redcross.org and check with your local library for upcoming free cpr classes.
Come back soon and visit us for our next article that will explore how CPR works.
Happy heartbeats, friend!