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Hands Only CPR and Stop the Bleed Classes

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Why You Need to Learn This Skill

Take a moment to think about your most precious loved one, and answer the following questions:

1. What is that person’s name?
2. Where does that person live?
How long have you known this person?
What is your favorite memory of this person?
How would you feel if this person suddenly vanished from your life?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home. Additionally,  the survival of a person who has gone into cardiac arrest depends on the immediate care of someone nearby. 

Now think about your answer to Number 5. What if you had a 10% chance of bringing that person back to life? What about a 70% chance? The AHA says that when a person experiences cardiac arrest, they have a 10% chance of survival if no intervention is received; that chance of survival increases to 70% if a bystander performs compression-only CPR.

Hands-Only CPR is different from traditional CPR. In the past (according to a study by BJ Bobrow et al.) researchers discovered that bystanders were reluctant to perform traditional CPR for the following reasons:

  • The fear of causing harm to the patient
  • the fear of contracting an infectious disease from giving rescue breaths
  • the likelihood of panic during a stressful situation


Enter Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR has shown that it is just as effective as traditional CPR, and sometimes more effective. The study mentioned above indicated that the rate of survival from cardiac arrest patients increased by 70% when Hands-Only CPR was performed versus traditional CPR.  Chest compressions provide a constant flow of blood to vital organs that generates the oxygen needed to save a life. Another study by GC Cho et al. found that a bystander’s comfort level of performing Hands-Only CPR before receiving training was only 30%. After receiving training in chest compressions, the comfort level increased to 72%

Think again about your loved one and your response to Question 5. If you were given the opportunity to attend FREE training on how to save that person’s life, would you? With the College Station Fire Department’s help, you can.  In just two hours, you can learn not only how to perform chest compressions but also the basics of bleeding control and tourniquet usage. Those two hours could mean the difference between losing a loved one suddenly versus getting to spend a lifetime with them.

Ready to learn? Click here to schedule a training for your family, organization, or business.

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