On October 16, we will be celebrating World Restart a Heart Day, a global initiative to increase awareness about the importance of bystander CPR.
Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Yet, only about 46 percent of people who suffer from cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander.
This is a statistic we need to improve so that all people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get bystander help before emergency responders arrive. CPR, especially if performed immediately, could double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
We hope you will recognize World Restart a Heart Day with us by sharing the two easy steps to Hands-Only CPR, a technique that the American Heart Association recommends to help increase the likelihood of people performing CPR in an emergency. 1) Call 911. 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.
To promote World Restart a Heart Day, we encourage you to share your training photos or videos in front of an iconic location in your market using the hashtag #worldrestartaheart.
For more information about World Restart a Heart Day, visit: https://www.ilcor.org/world-restart-a-heart-2019