High school a winner in American Heart Association CPR Challenge

STURBRIDGE — Would you know what to do if you witnessed a cardiac emergency?

Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR can change that and Tantasqua Regional High School has implemented the training at their school.

CPR and AED Awareness Week, is June 1-7 and, the American Heart Association reminds us it is the perfect time to learn Hands-Only CPR.

It only takes two steps when you see an unresponsive adult: call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest for 100 to 120 beats per minute. To make it easier and to stay on track, you can push to a song like “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé.

CPR, especially if performed immediately, can triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Tantasqua Regional High School was recognized by the American Heart Association for being one of the high school winners of the CPR Challenge. Students in the Allied Health Program trained 1,686 people in the past year. Nine schools participated this year and trained a total of over 5,400 people to be lifesavers.

To learn more about Hands-Only CPR, visit www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR.

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