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Easy to learn: Hands-only CPR saves lives


Learning to save a life might be easier than you think. The American Heart Association is encouraging more people to learn hands-only CPR.

Laurence Byrd is one of a handful of people who stopped by an event at the Biloxi Town Green Tuesday, to learn how to potentially save a life.

"It's been a long time since I've had this kind of training and this is an opportunity to do it," Byrd said.

After the training, he said he felt better about being able to help, if needed.

"I hope I don't have to, but I'm ready to do it," Byrd said. 

And that's important because nationally, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, don't survive. Learning this hands-only technique and performing it immediately, can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

Evan Duffy with the American Heart Association said, "It's a critical stop-gap between the time the person has an episode to the time emergency professionals arrive." 

Duffy said the hands-only technique is less intimidating and a lot easier to learn than mouth to mouth resuscitation.

"It literally takes about 90 seconds for you to learn the technique and practice it," Duffy explained.

The technique requires two minutes worth of chest compressions at 100 beats per minute, pressing two inches deep. It's not easy, but definitely doable with a little practice. 

Biloxi Fireman Jonathan Harris works a lot of rescues and said in addition to knowing how to perform hands-on CPR, it's important to act quickly.

"The first time you notice something and you can start getting that blood flowing again, the better chance you have to save a life," Harris said.

To get the correct rhythm during chest compressions, he suggests working to the beat of the Bee Gees tune, "Staying Alive".

Two more teaching events are scheduled Wednesday, June 7, in Jackson County at the Walmart in Pascagoula and the Walmart in Ocean Springs from 3pm to 5pm. 

Hands-only CPR Fact Sheet (pdf)

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