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Can Alexa instruct you about CPR in an Emergency?

Fake news claim: 

 

Facts Check Verdict: True

News Verification:  

The news is circulating in social media about Alexa which states that if someone needs emergency CPR  in your home, shout ‘’ Alexa Emergency CPR’ Alexa will assist you.

To access this new information, people simply ask Alexa, starting with the phrase “Alexa, ask American Heart” to ensure they’re hearing the science-based information from the American Heart Association.

The first step is to enable the skill in the Alexa app or by saying, “Alexa, enable the American Heart Association.” Next, you would say:

— “Alexa, ask American Heart … how do I perform CPR?”

— “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs of a heart attack?”

— “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs for stroke?”

Every day in America someone has a stroke every 40 seconds on average. About 2,200 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases each day. Cardiac arrest claims more than 350,000 lives a year. Because these are emergencies requiring urgent treatment, Alexa first tells the user to call 911 before offering other instructions.

The skill is important, the AHA noted, because, “A 2015 study reported that about half of all communities do not have 911 dispatchers trained to give CPR instruction, as the AHA recommends.”

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.

 In case of an emergency, the first thing anyone should do is call for emergency responders, which in the U.S. means dialing 911.

So we have come to the conclusion that Alexa can definitely guide you about  Cardiac arrest but not a substitute for professional first aid training, medical advice, treatment or diagnosis.