What is CPR?

CPR, short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency procedure that is performed when a person’s heartbeat or breathing has stopped. CPR consists of rescue breathing, which works to provide oxygen to the lungs, and chest compressions, which help to keep the oxygenated blood flowing until breathing is restored and the heart resumes beating. The need for CPR can result from events like a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, drowning, choking, or an electric shock. While people in some occupations are required to have CPR training, everyone can benefit from learning how to properly perform CPR.

If a person’s breathing or heart has stopped, time is of the essence because cells in the body start to die quickly if they are deprived of oxygenated blood. Brain cells are particularly vulnerable and can begin to die off within minutes, resulting in permanent brain damage or death. The American Heart Association estimates that over 90 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims end up dying before they reach the hospital. However, research shows that if more people knew CPR, significantly more lives could be saved. In fact, when immediately administered, CPR can double a victim’s chances for survival.

While 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, an overwhelming majority of Americans may feel helpless in the face of such an emergency because they have never had CPR training or that training has lapsed. The fact is, although you may someday need to administer CPR to a stranger, there is a greater likelihood that you would need to use it to save the life of someone you love.

The people of Tucson have trusted Eclipse CPR Training for over 10 years to prepare them to meet life’s emergencies with confidence. The fact is, you never know when you will face a medical emergency that requires CPR, but you can rest assured that training from Eclipse CPR can give you the confidence and the skills you need to save a life.


American Heart Association. “CPR Statistics” http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/WhatisCPR/CPRFactsandStats/CPR-Statistics_UCM_307542_Article.jsp

MedlinePlus (a service of the National Institutes of Health). “CPR”