In two minutes, you can learn to save a life.
That was the message Thursday from first responders in downtown Greenville, training more than 200 people on what they call “hands only” CPR.
They’re doing it again on Friday in front of Greenville City Hall on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The American Heart Association says chest compressions alone can be just as effective as traditional CPR and can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of surviving.
“Some people are a little hesitant to obviously give mouth-to-mouth to a total stranger or even a family member. Chest compressions are easy, they’re easy to teach,” said Greenville firefighter and paramedic Mark Weber.
Floyd Bryant said he took a CPR class 15 years ago and it was time for a refresher.
“It’s a matter of life and death, and all life matters,” said Bryant.
Last year, 39 people survived cardiac arrest in Greenville County. Forty-five percent of them had CPR from a bystander before EMS arrived.
“Who doesn’t want to be able to save a life of their friend or their family member if they should be in distress? And I would love for someone to be able to help me if I was in that situation,” said Rhonda Rawlings.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Take the heel of your hand and place it at the center of their chest.
- Interlock your fingers and lock your elbows to allow yourself to get enough pressure.
- Compress the chest about one-third of the depth of their chest.
- Push hard and fast – about 100 compressions a minute. The beat of the song “Staying Alive” is identical to the rhythm you should do chest compressions.