May 19, 2013
You never know when you may be in a situation where someone will need life-saving care or first aid.
Public Opinion - Fayetteville, PA
In an effort to increase survival rates after cardiac arrest, the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department is giving classes on a new hands-only CPR method as suggested by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Earlier this year, the department had done a pilot program of the method and began implementing it full-time on May 1 in an effort to train 250,000 by the end of National EMS Week, which runs from Sunday until May 26, said Elizabeth Heller, public relations coordinator for the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department.
The new method uses no mouth-to-mouth and instead focuses on strong, rapid chest compression in a rhythmic pattern - such as following the beat to The Bee Gees' song "Stayin' Alive," she said.
"The theory behind this is they're discovering that when we compress the chest and when our hands come up off allowing the chest to rerise, it is sucking air into the lungs," Heller said. "They're discovering the sooner CPR chest compressions are started, the higher rate of survival."
On Sunday, the fire department will be conducting classes during its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, 101 W. Main St., and hope to teach about 500 people the new method.
Additionally, next week members will be visiting Montessori Academy to teach the method to children in third through eighth grades, as well as grades three to five in Scotland Elementary School.
"The more people we can train, the better our statistics will be," Heller said.
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