Did you know that 315,000 people in the U.S. die of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year?
That’s a bit of a rhetorical question. For most people, this isn’t a statistic that shouts through the chaos of a 24/7 news cycle.
But with 92 million Americans living with cardiovascular disease that are actively at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), it’s a number that should stick with you. Especially because, with the right CPR training, you can significantly increase a person’s chance of survival by administering CPR as soon as possible, without having to wait for emergency response to arrive.
The good news: training is the easy part.
On October 16, the Ember Team joined forces with organizations across the globe to put life-saving knowledge in the hands of our neighbors on the world’s first-ever World Restart a Heart Day.
With the help of San Francisco-based Safety Training Seminars, individuals from 15 life science startups are now equipped with the skills to respond to cardiac arrest if it hits a friend, family member, or fellow commuter.
Want to know how easy saving a life can be?
Here’s a quick breakdown of the simple 7 step process.
- Check the scene and the person.
- Call 911.
- Open the airway.
- Check for breathing.
- Push hard and fast.
- Deliver rescue breaths.
- Continue CPR steps.
Interested in participating in a CPR training?
Cut the excuses and organize a training for your office (like we did here), or skip the gym and head to the nearest training center after work. Classes can be pricey—classes offered through the American Red Cross start at $73—but many local community centers provide free or low-cost trainings on a monthly or bi-annual basis.
Interested in making your response process even more effective?
At Ember, we hope to make make the response process even more seamless. With the Ember mobile app, you can simultaneously alert 911 and our network of medics via voice, touch, or your smart wearable device (coming soon) in the case of a medical emergency. That way, 911 knows exactly where the affected person is, and you can devote your time to what’s most important—treating the person in need.
Join us in making CPR response common knowledge, not guesswork. Together, we can change the global approach to medical emergencies and change lives for the better.