Seniors learn valuable CPR skills

CPR training with the experts

If you witnessed someone go into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Acting fast is paramount to saving a life, and that’s why it’s important everyone, regardless of age, learn CPR.

A group of older adults in Maryland learned valuable life-saving skills during CPR Heartsaver class lead by Bayside CPR.

Participants pushed on life-like mannequins to learn the proper technique. If you see a teen or adult go into cardiac arrest near you, first call 911 and then begin pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest. You should do about 100 to 120 compressions per minute — you can do it to the beat of the appropriate Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.”

The American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR for untrained bystanders in most cases of cardiac arrest. Rescuers trained in CPR should, at a minimum, provide chest compressions and, if able, perform rescue breaths at a rate of two breaths for every 30 compressions.

Learning hands-only CPR is especially important when you consider that more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital each year and that about 70 percent of these occur at home, according to the AHA.

Hands-only CPR has been found to be just as effective for cardiac arrest as the combination chest compression/mouth-to-mouth training you may have learned, the organization says. It can double or triple a person’s chance for survival.

You should always do hands-only CPR to help a cardiac arrest victim. But if you are near an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) — located in many public and work places — you should use it also, after beginning CPR. The machine will determine whether the victim needs a shock.

When an AED is available, two large adhesive pads are placed on the person’s chest and side, and the machine is powered on. The operator presses a button to ask the machine to analyze the person’s EKG. If the person’s heart has one of the two types of electrical disturbances that caused it to stop beating, the machine will recommend a shock. The operator must press a second button to actually deliver the shock.

The device includes instruction as part of its Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED training. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and written instructions to help the rescuer. AEDs won’t shock anything other than two specific heart rhythms, so as a result, it’s safe to use.

Bayside CPR & AED Training Center offers several classes a week in CPR training for all ages. Bayside CPR travels through out the Maryland, Northern Virginia, DC area teaching CPR to large groups and provide an affordable group rate. Call 443-837-7891 or visit for more information.

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