February is American Heart Month, and this year, we’re urging everyone in Colorado to learn the life-saving skill of CPR.
With more than 350,000 people experiencing cardiac arrests outside of a hospital each year, including 23,000 children, CPR is a critical skill that kids as young as 9 years old can learn. Our goal is to double the survival rate of cardiac arrest by 2030.
One way we’re working towards this goal is through our Nation of Lifesavers initiative where we are committed to turning a nation of bystanders into lifesavers.
The multi-year initiative will ensure teens and adults can learn about CPR and AED use, share that knowledge with friends and family and engage employers, policymakers, philanthropists and others to create support for a nation of lifesavers. The long-term goal: to ensure that in the face of a cardiac emergency, everyone, everywhere is prepared and empowered to perform CPR and become a vital link in the chain of survival.
And Nation of Lifesavers makes it easier than ever to learn CPR with many learning options available. There are a few steps you can take to learn more about this lifesaving knowledge such as:
- Take an online CPR course
- Watch a 60-second video demonstration of Hands-Only CPR
- Find a Heartsaver™ certification course nearby
CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival – which is key since about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
For more information on how to join the Nation of Lifesavers this February, visit heart.org/nation.