Preparing your members to know what to do if someone has Sudden Cardiac Arrest could save lives! The Center is one of the partners in the Illinois Heart Rescue project through our affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and we are reaching out to congregations as key places to educate people about how to help.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is among the leading killers of Americans, claiming an estimated 350,000 people each year. More people die of sudden cardiac arrest than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined. More than 90 percent of people who experience SCA die, representing a national survival rate that has not significantly changed in more than 30 years. Illinois has particularly poor results, with a survival rate of 4%. The goal is to increase the survival rate to 20% in five years.
When you witness someone who is in Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the actions you take in the first few minutes could make a lifetime of difference before an ambulance arrives. The Illinois Heart Rescue program teaches ByStanders–people in the community–how to intervene and save lives.
Research shows that communities with higher bystander CPR participation have higher SCA survival rates. Take a few minutes today to learn the basics…who knows, you could be saving a life tomorrow.
Check out the Save-A-Life Simulator.
Here is a 1 minute video from the American Heart Association that you can show before a congregational meeting, during fellowship time, or when people gather for a scripture study program. If you have screens and use video announcements, add this video to the items that you show.