(CNN) CPR has improved, here’s what to do (and sing) to save a life

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
Updated 4:34 AM ET, Mon March 9, 2020
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(CNN) It only takes two hands to save a life.

Your two hands, pushing strongly on the chest bone in a regular beat, can take the place of a heart that has stopped.

In essence, you become the heart, pumping valuable oxygen-rich blood to the brain and all of the vital organs, slowing the countdown to death.

“The chance of survival goes down by 10% for every minute without CPR,” said Dr. Comilla Sasson, vice president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care department. “It’s a 10-minute window to death in many cases.”

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AHA SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship

A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Download the statement here.

DALLAS, Feb. 12, 2020 — More people are surviving sudden cardiac arrest thanks to improved systems of care during and until hospital discharge. However, systems of care after hospital discharge, when many sudden cardiac arrest survivors are known to suffer from physical, cognitive and emotional problems, are lacking and need to be addressed, according to “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” a new statement published today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

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Student performs CPR on man, saving his life at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake

By Sam Borcia | January 24, 2020 5:48 PM
LAKE & MCHENRY COUNTY SCANNER

A junior at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake is being recognized after she successfully performed CPR on a man and saved his life, officials said.

Calista Pollack, a junior at Prairie Ridge High School, relied on her CPR training from health class to save a man’s life, school officials said.

“She dropped her brother off for his Eagle Scout project when a man was in need of medical attention. They were on the phone with 911, and the dispatcher told Pollack to begin compressions and start counting,” the school said.

“I did compressions for about three minutes until the paramedics came,” Pollack said. She was able to stabilize his condition until Crystal Lake firefighters and paramedics arrived.

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New app alerts CPR-trained users to those in need

By Dave McDaniel
Source: WESH 2

Applications on a cell phone
Photo by Rami Al-zayat on Unsplash

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A new cellphone app is connecting those trained in CPR to people in need of assistance.

A Central Florida man said he’s alive today because of a miracle.

“It is miraculous. From what they say, 8 percent survive that, so obviously, a miracle is involved,” Chris Connor said.

Connor shared his story at the Seminole County Commission meeting to establish the importance of a new app that launched Tuesday.

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Lightning strike survivor inspires CPR class at clinic where his heart stopped beating

Author: Matt Dougherty
Source: KHOU 11
Published: 10:53 PM CDT October 22, 2019

HOUSTON — The north Houston lightning strike survivor saved by CPR is learning the life-saving skill that saved himself.

Surveillance video of the incident. (KHOU 11)

Dozens of people showed up to be trained at the vet clinic where the emergency occurred earlier this month.

When Alex Coreas was walking his dogs to get out of the storm near Stubner Airline Road earlier this month he was struck by lightning.

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University of Minnesota – Researchers find new ways to improve CPR

September 28, 2019
by University of Minnesota

An international research consortium, which included faculty members from the University of Minnesota Medical School, was able to identify what is likely an optimal combination of chest compression frequency and depth when performing CPR.

The investigation was led by Sue Duval, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics at the U of M Medical School, assisted by an international team of resuscitation investigators based at UT Southwestern, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, the University Hospital of Grenoble Alpes in France, and Toho University in Tokyo, Japan.

The findings, published in JAMA Cardiology, suggest the combination of 107 compressions per minute and a depth of 4.7 cm (about 2 inches) in the first five minutes of CPR can be associated with significantly improved outcomes when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescuers are treating cardiac arrest outside the hospital.

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(CNN) Mom calls a Kentucky officer a hero after he saved her baby, who wasn’t breathing

By Amanda Jackson, CNN
Updated 3:21 PM ET, Tue August 27, 2019
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(CNN) A baby from Scottsville, Kentucky, is back home with his family after being saved by a police officer.

Aiden, who is 19 months old, stopped breathing on Wednesday morning, and his family called 911. As police arrived on the scene he was already turning blue and was cold to the touch, according to officers, but Scottsville Police Sgt. James Talbott jumped into action.

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