Uncas Health District Beats for Heart Health with Hands-Only CPR Training

This February, the dedicated staff at Uncas Health District showed their commitment to heart health by rolling up their sleeves and participating in a Hands-Only CPR training program, equipping themselves with a vital skill that could save lives. The Uncas Health District team understands the importance of equipping its staff with hands-only CPR training — and used this training as an opportunity to lead by example in promoting this life-saving skill.

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Why Hands-Only CPR?

While traditional CPR involves mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Hands-Only CPR simplifies the process by focusing solely on chest compressions. This makes it easier for anyone, regardless of training or experience, to step in and make a difference during a cardiac emergency.

The Importance for Everyone

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Every minute someone experiences cardiac arrest, the survival rate significantly increases with immediate CPR. However, many people hesitate due to fear of performing incorrectly or lacking proper training. Hands-Only CPR removes that barrier, empowering bystanders to become heroes in critical moments.

How You Can Be Ready to Act in an Emergency

  • Find a Hands-Only CPR training program: Many organizations, including the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, offer free or low-cost training sessions. You can even find online resources and apps to guide you.
  • Spread the word: Share your knowledge with friends, family, and colleagues. The more people who know Hands-Only CPR, the more lives can be saved.

Be prepared: Print out CPR instructions and keep them handy in your home, workplace, and car. Download CPR apps on your phone for quick reference.

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