- AVFD, Walmart Neighborhood Market team up to teach “Hands-Only CPR” in 15-minute classes -
This Saturday, Feb. 15, from noon-2 p.m., EMTs and paramedics from the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) will be teaching what’s called “Hands-Only CPR” in 15-minute sessions in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 12312 Will Clayton Pkwy. in Humble. Shoppers can literally park their cars, learn CPR in 15 minutes, and then carry on with their shopping.
So, what is Hands-Only CPR? According to the American Heart Association, a recent Swedish study has found that the adoption of a form of CPR that does not involve mouth-to-mouth breaths significantly boosted the rate of bystanders performing the life-saving action on someone in cardiac arrest. Hands-Only CPR, which involves only chest compressions, has emerged in recent years as an alternative to standard CPR, which involves both chest compressions and mouth-to- mouth rescue breaths.
“CPR in its simplest form is just chest compressions,” Dr. Gabriel Riva, a Ph.D. student at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “Doing only chest compressions doubles the chance of survival compared to doing nothing.”
More than 325,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year in the United States, AHA statistics show. Immediate CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival, according to the AHA. Keeping the blood flow active – even partially – extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive at the scene.
The AHA included Hands-Only CPR in its 2015 guidelines to allow bystanders who don’t know how to give rescue breaths – or are uncomfortable dong it – the option to provide only chest compressions until medical help arrives. For children, both chest compressions and rescue breaths are still recommended.
To learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR in just 15 minutes, visit the AVFD’s training event at the Walmart Neighborhood Market Feb. 15. To learn more about the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR, and for a link to view the full study mentioned above, go to: cpr.heart.org/en/cpr-courses-and-kits/hands-only-cpr/hands-only-cpr-resources.