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How can I help someone in cardiac arrest until medical help arrives?

Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing
You can begin CPR and activate the Emergency Response System (911). If you do not know CPR, now would be a good time to learn. The ability to help someone in cardiac arrest can be a gift. 
A person in cardiac arrest will be unconscious and not breathing. The cells of the brain and other important organs continue to live for a short time—until all of the oxygen in the blood is used. A person in cardiac arrest needs immediate CPR and defibrillation.

Perform CPR until an AED is available and ready to use, or until advanced medical personnel take over.

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