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Minnesotans Urged to Take Life Saving Measures into Own Hands

by Anne S. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 1 -7 was  National CPR Week! Watch the American Heart Association’s new sports-themed PSA at Now that you know Hands-Only CPR, share the CPR Ready image on Facebook and Twitter so your friends and followers know you’re ready to save a life.  Also check out this great story from the Minnesota News Connection on Hands-Only CPR:

When it comes to cases of sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can double or even triple survival rates, but in the majority of such incidents there is no immediate help.

According to Kim Harkins, program manager for the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota, that's partly because of people not being certain how to perform CPR, or they may be wary of giving mouth-to-mouth, but she explained that the recommended method has changed over the years so it's simply chest compressions with a disco beat.

"We really encourage people just to compress on the chest, at least two inches, 100 times a minute. You can do it to the beat of 'Stayin' Alive.' So it is much easier, which takes away that fear of doing it wrong or having to give breaths," Harkins explained.  CLICK HERE.

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