Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
38.2 percent (2017)

43.1 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

38.2 percent of bystanders performed CPR for all non-traumatic cardiac arrests in 2017

Increase the rate of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all non-traumatic cardiac arrests

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital are the leading cause of death in the United States. When bystanders do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), they can keep someone alive until emergency responders arrive. Strategies to increase bystanders’ willingness to do CPR are important for increasing cardiac arrest survival rates.