Public interest in CPR spikes in wake of NFL player's on-field collapse

Public interest in CPR training has surged after Damar Hamlin, a player for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, suffered cardiac arrest during a game, The Washington Examiner reported Jan. 9. 

The American Heart Association has seen a 620 percent increase in page views on its hands-only CPR webpages since the incident, according to the report.

Roughly half of U.S. adults reported knowing how to do CPR, but only 1 in 6 know that the recommended technique does not include rescue breaths, a 2018 survey from Cleveland Clinic found.

"An estimated 350,000 people experience an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year, and only about 1 in 10 survive. Having community members trained in CPR and AEDs accessible in public spaces can increase chances of survival and improve outcomes," Kelly Epps-Anderson, MD, American Heart Association Greater Washington Region Board president, told the Examiner.

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