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Got a Minute? Learn Hands-only CPR

by Pamela M. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love:  a spouse, a parent, or a friend.    The statistics are clear as 80% of out-of hospital cardiac arrests happening in private or residential settings.  Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.   The good news is that Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public and can double or event triple a person’s chance of survival.  

It only takes 60-seconds to learn how to save a live.   Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only instructional video and share it with the important people in your life.  

The University of Jamestown Nursing Students Association (NSA) was recently recognized for their Community Hands-Only CPR initiative.   A team of nursing students taught a Hands-Only CPR course to interested groups in the community including churches, worksites, service clubs and college students.  The Hands-Only approach emphasizes “call 911 and push hard and fast,” continuing chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths until emergency personnel arrive on the scene.  Over 500 individuals were trained. 

“Even if one life is saved because someone learned how to do compressions from our class, then our efforts will be worth it,” says Katie Stumpf, NSA President. “It’s so easy and takes so little time; I think everyone should take the half hour to learn how to save someone else’s life.”

The University of Jamestown Student Media Center produced a 6 minute video that is used in the training as an introduction to Hands-Only CPR.  Izzy's Story is a touching example of a life saved by family members who performed hands-only CPR until help arrived. 

In addition to receiving support from the University of Jamestown Student Senate and materials from the American Heart Association, the NSA was awarded $2,000 for the project from the Montana Dakota Utilities Resources Foundation. Funds will be used to purchase AED trainers for the group’s teaching bins, to train more UJ nursing students to teach the class, and to develop promotional materials to continue the free classes during the 2014-2015 school year. 

Be a Heart Hero – take a minute to watch and then share the Hands-Only CPR video.    

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