CPR + First Aid Certification Manual: CPR Introduction

What CPR Means

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique of providing compressions and ventilations to a victim of cardiac arrest.

    How CPR Works

    CPR works by rescuers providing chest compressions and ventilations to maximize blood and oxygen saturation to vital organs in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). If CPR is administered within the first 3-5 minutes, it significantly increases survivability after a SCA by providing crucial blood flow and oxygen to the heart and brain.

      Why CPR Matters

      According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women." Unfortunately, this statistic includes children and infants.