|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 five 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:
The Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter provided life saving training to over 17,500 individuals last year and will continue to offer consumers a choice in their CPR training going forward. In addition to the new "Citizen CPR" hands-only course, the Red Cross will continue to offer courses with a full CPR certification using both compressions and rescue breaths. That's because full CPR with rescue breaths is still best in the health care setting and for children, adolescents, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.
For more information on compression only CPR or to register for life saving training classes contact the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter at 737-4306 or visit their Web site at www.redcrosscwm.org.
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