According to the American Heart Association, paramedics respond to more than 300,000 cardiac arrest calls.
Many of those people will not survive.
It’s a dire situation where every minute, every second counts.
A new medical device could change that by getting a patient help before the paramedics arrive.
The equipment takes the guess-work out of proper CPR technique.
Mom Kristi Lester doesn’t know anyone else who’s got a bigger heart than her son, Davee.
But there’s something about Davee’s heart we can’t see.
At just a few months old, doctors told Kristi her son had a hole in his heart.
Left undiagnosed, it could have killed him.
But the heartache wasn’t over for Kristi and her family.
In January her father died of cardiac failure.
And now Kristi is hoping for another kind of change – more people knowing CPR.
Dr. Robert Tober is now endorsing what’s called the “CPR RSQ assist device.”
He served as a consultant for the inventor.
Dr. Tober says it will save lives because the device is so easy to use.
“It says to you who may not have had CPR…who may have had CPR two or three years ago and you don’t remember a thing that it’s pretty easy. 911. Stay calm,” said Dr. Tober.
Kristi says there’s peace in knowing first responders have one more tool to save lives.
All you have to do is push the button and it instructs you on what to do next.
The goal is to eventually get these devices in places like police stations and schools.