October 19, 2015 1:06 pm – This week, the American Heart Association released updated guidelines for CPR, encouraging more bystanders to help in case of sudden cardiac arrest by calling 9-1-1 and starting CPR.
More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 90 percent of them die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do it incorrectly.
Doctor Farhan Bhanji, a professor of pediatrics at McGill University helped create the new guidelines. He spoke with Side Effects about how you may be able save someone’s life even if you haven’t had CPR training.