This week is National CPR Week, which provides opportunity for emergency first responders to remind everyone on the importance of knowing hands-only CPR.
Doing hands-only CPR while help is on the way can greatly increase the chance of a person’s survival.
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).
It consists of two easy steps:
- Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
Locally, you can also contact Lutheran EMS at 1-574-269-1975 ext 5 to schedule a class to learn CPR. This is especially helpful for offices who may want to make sure everyone is trained in case of emergency.
You can learn more about hands-only CPR from Lutheran EMS or at cpr.heart.org