UT Health East Texas EMS taught hands only CPR to all the seniors at Quitman High School on March 28. The Quitman Fire Department also sent people to help teach.
The training session focused on adult hands only CPR and utilizing an AED (automated external defibrillator) and lasted 15 minutes per group of 10-15.
This training can be made available to the community if requested. To request this type of training, which does not include an AHA or Red Cross Card certification, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Heart Association website, under Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives, stresses the importance of immediate CPR. It states most people who have heart attacks when the victims are with other people – at home, work or in a public location – die because they don’t get immediate CPR from someone at the scene.
“As a bystander, don’t be afraid,” it states. “Your actions can only help. When calling 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address.” The site states that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
As far as how to give hands only CPR, the site states, if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minutes. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.