WILKES-BARRE — To help educate people in the new hands-only CPR method, the city and Wilkes University nursing students are offering free, hands-on training programs.
The sessions run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s bookstore at 7 S. Main St. and the Henry Student Center at 84 W. South St. on the Wilkes campus.
Ted Kross, the city’s health department director, said the cardiopulmonary resuscitation training is part of the effort to reach 250,000 people throughout the state in time for EMS Week beginning May 26.
“We’re trying to alleviate the fear of the community doing CPR,” Kross said. “Every second counts and for every minute of delayed time in CPR there’s a 10-percent decrease in their chance of surviving.”
The new method does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, a practice that likely kept some people from learning the life-saving technique. The only direct contact with the patient is with the hands used for chest compressions, Kross explained. The compressions circulate the blood, which contains oxygen, he added.
He outlined the basic steps to follow: Establish someone is unresponsive and not breathing and without a heartbeat; call 911; and do chest compressions, 100 times per minute deep and fast between the nipples. If the person revives, discontinue the compressions.
Kross said the mouth-to-mouth is still part of CPR training, but the new method aims to have a wider reach.
“This simplifies it so much, and it should encourage anybody to do CPR,” he said.
The school’s nursing students, city fire department, health and emergency services personnel are participating in the training. It takes approximately five minutes and participants can have additional time to practice on mannequins. The training is open to anyone from 13 and older.
Participants will receive a card recognizing that they were trained in the hands only method.