Timely administration of CPR is crucial in saving lives; increases chances of survival by 2-3 times, says Dr Ankur Ahuja
A young person collapses on the treadmill. Another is found unconscious in the bathroom. A flight passenger starts gasping for breath and sweating profusely. All three suffered a cardiac arrest wherein their hearts stopped beating suddenly. However, all three individuals could be saved with the timely administration of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Reports show that about 4,280 people per lakh population suffer a cardiac arrest every year in the country. It is important to note that nearly 90% of all individuals who get a cardiac arrest outside a hospital, are unable to survive. Dr. Ankur Ahuja, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, Fortis Hospital Mohali, sheds light on why timely administration of CPR can be a life saver.
What is a CPR?
CPR is a process wherein chest compressions and often, rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth) are given to maintain circulatory flow during a cardiac arrest. Stating that CPR should be given at the rate of 100 to 120 times per minute, Dr Ahuja, added, “It is remarkable to note that CPR increases the chances of survival of a person by 2-3 times.”