Hands only CPR training

WACO, TX - Dozens of Central Texans are now better prepared to save someone's life thanks to "Hands Only CPR" training. 

Waco firefighters at Fire Station #2 and The Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council held this free training Saturday. 

This life-saving technique doesn't require mouth to mouth approach. The organizers say for hygiene and health reasons it is no longer needed. 

Plus the hands only approach is very effective. 

Doyle and Ramona Cooper attended this training along with other adults and children. 

Doyle Cooper says, "We are old and we have old friends so if some of them drop out I want to be able to help them out."

They were surprised that mouth to mouth approach is no longer needed. 

"This is a better way to go," says Cooper.  

The couple first watched a short demonstration video then tried out the technique on a dummy. 

Ramona Cooper says, "I found it a lot harder than I expected it to press hard enough and to keep that pace up you know for up to three or four minutes."

The firefighters say the first thing you need to do is call 9-1-1, then place both of your hands on a person's chest and start pumping real hard and real fast until you get a response or until first responders arrive. 

Lt. Matthew Stump with the Fire Department says, "You will be moving blood through the body as well as pulling a small amount of air in and out. If a person has a heavy coat on or a lot of clothes on it would be better to at least get down to one shirt to do the compressions."

The Coopers say this new skill gives them a piece of mind.
Ramona Cooper says, "Seventy to eighty percent of heart attacks take place at home so being able to take care of each other would be good."


If you missed this class, here are times for the next sessions:

Feb. 17 at Station 11 at 7600 Imperial from 9-11 and 1-3.

Plus at Station 9 at 315 New Rd. 9-11. 

Feb. 24 at Station 14 at 5401 Speegleville Rd - same time.

 


 


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