Hands-Only CPR Training Offered at Local Farmer's Markets

7/6/17

Kittitas Valley Healthcare will teach hands-only CPR or “sidewalk CPR” at local farmer’s markets periodically throughout the summer.

Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.  According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrests that occur at home, at work, or in public spaces.  If CPR is given immediately, it can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

Training will be offered at the Ellensburg Farmer’s Market on July 15, August 19, and September 23.  Training will also be offered at the Roslyn Farmer’s Market on July 30, August 20, and September 10.

The training is simple, and has only two steps.  If a teen or adult suddenly collapses, you should:

  1. Call 911 (or send someone to call 911).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the person’s chest (100-120 compressions per minute).

When people are trained with hands-only CPR to the beat of a familiar song, they are more likely to remember the correct rate for chest compressions. Examples of songs that have 100 to 120 beats per minute include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, and “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.

If you are unable to visit the Farmer’s Market trainings, visit heart.org/handsonlyCPR for a 60-second instructional video.

The American Hospital Association still recommends conventional CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children, victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

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