Did you know that every day thousands of people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Would you know what to do if this were happening to someone near you? If you see someone collapse suddenly, check if the victim is responsive. If not, remember these three easy steps.
- Call 911. Have them send help. Stay on the line and wait for further instructions.
- Chest Compressions. If the person is not breathing normally, start chest compressions. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest. Keep your arms straight. Send someone to find an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED).
- Use an AED. The AED is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restart a person’s heart. A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed. It provides voice prompts that tell you exactly what to do and will only administer a shock if needed, so there’s no reason to hesitate.