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Hospital to offer 'hands-on' CPR class starting April 27

Friday, April 19, 2013

Greene County General Hospital will offer a hands-only CPR class Saturday, April 27.

The two free classes will take place at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Violet Newton Conference Room.

Participants must pre-register for the classes by Tuesday, April 23 by contacting Halea Franklin at (812) 699-4153.

Julie Collins, Director of Inservice Education at Greene County General Hospital, explained the importance of knowing CPR.

"Hands-only CPR is a life-saving skill that can be learned with a few minutes of instruction and practice. The skills you learn, in less time than it takes to do a load of laundry, may save a life and the life you save may be someone you love," Collins said.

Information provided by the American Heart Association states there are approximately 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States each year.

Those deaths occur about 89 percent of the time because of lack of immediate CPR. Approximately 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests take place in private or residential settings.

The American Heart Association notes the hands-only CPR can be as effective as conventional CPR, and can almost triple the victim's chance of survival.

The American Heart Association website, www.heart.org, explains hands-only CPR does not include mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

When someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest, someone nearby is encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately and push hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest.

In order to have a feel of the correct rhythm of the pressure, the American Heart Associate cites putting pressure on the chest to the beat of the disco song "Stayin' Alive."

The demonstration at the hospital will allow participants to see a demonstration of the technique and get hands-on experience.

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