Saturday, February 6, 2010

Compression Only CPR

This week I gave a brief presentation to middle school students. The topic was the heart and CPR. Within the hour they learned more about the heart than most adults. They also learned a skill that could potentially save a life.

Compression Only CPR is used by non-trained bystanders who is a witness to someone who colapses from cardiac arrest. The first thing to do is call 911. Depending on your location it can take 8 to 10 minutes for help to arrive. You can dramatically improve that persons chance for survival by starting chest compressions. Simply place both hands on the breast plate and start pumping. Ideally you want to perform 100 chest compressions a minute. That's it! If you want to learn mouth-to-mouth, check with your local Red Cross for classes.

It's so easy a middle school student can do it.

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