Push to Survive
Learn CPR Today and Save a Life Tomorrow
Every year nearly 400,000 people experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest and nearly 92% of those people do not survive. This staggering number underscores the importance of our community members understanding the signs and signals of cardiac arrest in men and women (as these signs vary great between the sexes) and knowing the proper procedures to potentially save a life.
The Park City Fire District works with the Unified Fire Authority and the Salt Lake City Fire Department to educate our communities in identifying and understanding the dangers of out of hospital cardiac arrest and what to do in the event that you witness an individual in a state of cardiac arrest. It’s important to understand that if you see a person experiencing a heart attack, utilizing hands-only CPR (if administered within 2 minutes) and immediately calling an EMS, can reduce the risk of death by nearly half.
With Push to Survive, we ask Park City community members to take 10 minutes of their time to know what to do in the event of an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Ten minutes can literally save a life.
Push to Survive utilizes the “three-Cs” in helping you to easily and quickly remember the steps to assisting an individual who may be under cardiac arrest.
Check the individual to see if they are conscious and breathing. If they are conscious and breathing, you will want to proceed to step 2. If they are not, you’ll want to proceed to step 2 and immediately begin step 3.
If the individual is unconscious and/or not breathing normally (or at all), call 911 immediately. If there is another individual in the room or area, have them call 911 while you proceed quickly to step 3. If not, call 911 and proceed to step 3 as quickly as possible. Every second counts.
Push hard and fast on the center of the chest (about 2-2.4” of compression is your goal) for a 30-count. You should be pushing a bit faster than one per second. You may also need to blow, if the person is not breathing. Tilt the head back, pinch the nose, and completely cover the mouth of the other person with your mouth (using a mouth guard if one is available). Blow twice (the chest should rise and fall) in one-second intervals and return to compression. Repeat these steps as necessary until emergency officials arrive. Each minute a non-beating heart goes without compressions the chance of survival diminishes by 10%. Make sure to continue compressions up until the EMS arrives, and if you become fatigued, ask another individual in the room to take over.
For more information, please take a moment and watch this video. You can also request Push to Survive to conduct a class for a family or a group at work. To schedule a group class with Push to Survive, head to their website.
Remember, knowing these steps can save a life in a life-threatening situation. While knowing the steps is vitally important, we also urge community members to take a CPR class to practice the techniques. Sign up with the PCFD to take a class today.