Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

An emergency treatment that compresses the heart and forces air into the lungs. A number of electrical shocks may be given with paddles that are placed on the chest. It is applied when a patient’s heart or breathing stops.Relevance:This is one of the decisions that people need to make about the care that they receive; you should understand the likelihood of its success in your particular situation.CPR works best if you are healthy with no illness and it can be given to you within in a few minutes of when your heart or lungs stop working. The average survival rate of people receiving CPR outside the hospital is 6%. If you are in the hospital and get CPR, you have a 17% chance of it working and leaving the hospital alive. If you are older, weak, and living in a nursing home, CPR works less than 3% of the time.

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