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Heath Watch: CPR

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 9:06 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - “I’m George Sazama, director of the Intensive Care at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. I am also part of the code blue committee and we go to events throughout the community to teach First Responder CPR. It’s easy to learn, and it does save lives. We’ve cared for multiple patients who have survived a heart attack because someone applied hands-only CPR.

First responder CPR is a 2-step process.

The first step is to call 911. That’s important because you want to get help coming as quickly as possible and once you start CPR you don’t want to stop. Also, the person will need to get to the hospital to fix whatever is going on because CPR alone won’t save them.

Step 2 is to perform CPR until help arrives and can take over. It’s hands-only, so you don’t need to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Keeping circulation going to the brain is what gives us successful outcomes. Just put your hands in the center of the patient’s chest and push hard and fast. Keep that rhythm until help arrives.

CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

For Health Watch, I’m George Sazama at Monument Health.”

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