Happening later this evening, there is a free, public CPR training event here in Tucson, but be aware the CPR used for heart attack is different from the CPR used for drowning.
The UA Sarver Heart Center is putting on the event at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, near Broadway and Wilmot. There will also be a heart health talk happening at the event.
This CPR training session will be teaching ‘chest-compression only' CPR, this technique was developed at the U of A and it doubles a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest, but this is not the technique someone should use after a drowning.
If ‘chest-compression only' CPR is used, water does not get cleared from the lungs, rescuers need to give rescue breaths and chest compressions to get the air flowing.
Fire crews tell Tucson News Now the earlier CPR is started the better the outcome, it provides more time to preserve brain and muscle function.
These same crews are not saying that ‘chest-compression only' CPR is useless. Hundreds suffer heart attacks everyday and that is when ‘chest-compression only' can help.
Learn this special technique tonight, the session is free and doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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