Hands-only CPR reaches another Verde Valley milestone

CAMP VERDE -- The Continuous Chest Compressions program reached a huge milestone when 7,000-person in the Sedona/Verde Valley area successfully completed training and became certified in the technique. About 10 percent of the Verde Valley population is now trained in "Hands Only CPR."

L.J. Teague, a student at Camp Verde High School, became the 7,000 person trained and was to be recognized during the Camp Verde School District Board Meeting on Tuesday.

The Continuous Chest Compression Program is replacing the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), by eliminating the mouth-to-mouth portion.

The University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center, cites a study published in the March 2007 The Lancet: "The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting are almost twice as high if bystanders perform chest-compression-only resuscitation instead of traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with mouth-to-mouth breathing."

All fire and EMS agencies throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona are participants in this program and are available for teaching the technique to interested parties.

Anyone interested in more information about the program, should contact Skip Heyer with the Verde Valley Fire District.

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