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Helen Bagshaw: Save a life with ‘Hands Only’ CPR

May 12, 2019

As an advocate for the American Heart Association, I am excited to share with you this information on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and the Automated External Defibrillator.

CPR & AED Awareness Week is June 1-7 and has carried this designation since 2008 under a Congressional resolution aimed at spotlighting how lives can be saved. About 40 people each hour has a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and 9 of 10 do not survive, according to AHA statistics. I am asking the Winona community to take one minute of your day to learn the life-saving skills of “Hands-Only” CPR and help to address a health concern that impacts our entire community.

CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you care about — a spouse, parent, child, friend or co-worker. In just one minute, you can learn the two simple steps of “Hands-Only” CPR. Most people say they feel helpless to act because they don’t know how to administer CPR, or it’s been too long since they learned. The truth is, when you see a teen or an adult collapse, it only takes two steps to save a life:

1. Call 911.

2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, preferably to the beat of the disco classic, “Stayin’ Alive.” (The 120 beats per minute are the perfect rhythm, and you can’t beat the title for a helpful memory trick.)

Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the ‘Hands-Only’ CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life.

I would also like to invite you to a free 30-minute session on Saturday, May 18 between 8:30 a.m. and noon, where you can practice “Hands-Only” CPR, how to use an AED and what to do if an adult, child or infant is choking. Please sign up at Winona Health by calling 507-454-3650 or RSVP online at winonahealth.org. These half hour sessions are fun, no stress and are easy with no test outs or quizzes.

If you want to learn and practice “Hands-Only” CPR, just get a group together, contact me and I will teach you for absolutely no cost. I have manikins, an AED trainer, disco music and I promise you some fun too.

‘Hands-Only’ CPR: Anyone can do it. Everyone should!

Helen Bagshaw, Winona

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