SOUTHWEST DUTCHESS, N.Y. -- Less than five percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive because a majority of people witnessing the heart attack did not know how to perform CPR.
To help increase the survival of those who experience a sudden cardiac arrest in Duchess County, the Duchess County Department of Health is implementing the HEART Safe Communities program.
The program is based on getting businesses and residents to learn how to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased public access to defibrillation.
To know if you live or work in a HEART Safe Community answer the questions below, if the answer is NO, then be sure to have you or your employer take the appropriate steps to become to HEART Safe:
- If someone in your community suffers a sudden cardiac arrest tomorrow, how likely is he or she to survive due to rapid access to life-saving treatment?
- How many residents and public safety officials in your community can recognize the symptoms of cardiac arrest and know how to get help “on the way, right away”?
- Who knows cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in your agency/community and is prepared to administer it when necessary?
- Where are automated external defibrillators (AEDs) located, and who has been trained to use them appropriately?
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