|GREATER SPRINGFIELD With the increasing importance of compression only or "hands only" CPR in many cardiac emergencies, the American Red Cross has launched an initiative to educate 5 million people in 2011 about the use of this potentially lifesaving technique. |
Hands-only CPR is a technique that involves simply using chest compressions on an individual who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest. The technique involves no mouth to mouth contact and is best used in emergencies outside of hospitals, where a bystander has seen another person suddenly collapse.
The American Red Cross is the nation's largest provider of CPR and first aid training, and the new Red Cross initiative includes several different ways in which the public can learn hands-only CPR:
For more information call 737-4306 or visit www.redcrosscwm.org.
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