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June 4, 2012 is National CPR Week, so join the Firefighters at Fire Station 1 to learn Hands-Only CPR.  Training will be conducted between 9am-12pm in front of Fire Station 1 at 401 South Broadway in Redondo Beach.  

What is Hands-only CPR?  It is CPR without mouth to mouth breaths.  It is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse in the “out of hospital” setting.  It consists of two steps: 1. Call 911 (or send someone to do that) 2.  Begin providing high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest with minimal interruptions.

If sudden cardiac arrest is the cause of the collapse, Hands-Only CPR is an easy, effective way for any bystander to more than double the victim’s chance for survival.

Hands-Only CPR — Facts
Sudden cardiac arrest claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. One of the main reasons is because no one at the scene does anything to help. In fact, less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Getting help right away — within a few minutes -- is the key to survival. People who have a sudden cardiac arrest and don’t get help right away will probably die.

Fortunately, the American Heart Association has a new way for anyone to step in and help adults who suddenly collapse -- Hands-Only CPR.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. It involves two easy steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. Don’t stop until help or an AED arrives.  Anyone can perform Hands-Only CPR and everyone should perform it if they aren’t confident in their CPR skills or haven’t learned conventional CPR.
 
Hands-Only CPR is easy to remember and results in delivery of more, uninterrupted chest compressions until more advanced care arrives on the scene.  Bystanders must take action when they see someone suddenly collapse and stop breathing normally. When effective bystander CPR is given immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR can help save lives. Do not give Hands-Only CPR to infants and children — all infants and children who have a sudden cardiac arrest need conventional CPR.  Adults who nearly-drown or have cardiac arrest due to a respiratory cause need conventional CPR.

Check out this AHA video for more information http://www.youtube.com/americanheartassoc

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