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Doc Talk: CPR saves

Doc Talk: CPR saves.

Every year more than 350,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and, as a bystander, knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death.

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay is getting a lesson in simple CPR in this edition of Doc Talk.

Hands-only CPR is shown to be just as effective as mouth-to-mouth CPR if used right away.

It is easy to learn and more health officials say knowing how to do it can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival.

There are 2 steps:

  • Call for help right away if a person collapses and isn't responding.
  • Start pumping.

Borgess Life Support Instructor Amanda Militzer said, “Put the heel of the hand right there, kind of in the groove. Then you're going to push straight down and straight up.”

She says if you're performing hands only CPR, the victim's chest should be bare, your elbows should be locked, shoulders right above the victim's chest and you should be pumping until professional help arrives.

Militzer said, “By just doing the hands only CPR, by starting those compressions, you’ve actually helped to save a life.”

When trained, you're taught to push about 2 inches into the victim's chest. For the right speed--- think to the beat of the Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees or Crazy In Love by Beyonce.

The compression will take some strength but they say you shouldn’t be afraid of hurting the person in need.

Militzer said, “You could break a rib, puncture a lung, lacerate the liver. You could do all of those things, but people can survive from those things. They can’t survive if nothing is done at all.”

Remember the first step is calling 911. It is imperative that first responders get to that patient as soon as possible and if you don't have any formal training the operator should be able to talk you through the compressions.

The American Heart Association and the Milizer say any attempt at CPR is better than no attempt at all.

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