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2017 Hands-Only CPR Campaign Trains 4.6 Million New Lifesavers

Hit rewind and watch the highlights of the 2017 Anthem Foundation and American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR campaign.

David Heidrich had never heard of Hands-Only CPR until August when the American Heart Association’s 2017 Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour stopped in Augusta, Maine to teach the lifesaving skill.

“Push Hard and Fast in the Center of the Chest” is the second step of Hands-Only CPR that was depicted in a Hands-Only CPR PSA that featured actress and comedian, Wendi McLendon-Covey, in 2017.

Hands-Only CPR has two steps, performed in this order: when you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911. Then, push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.

Heidrich was trained in Hands-Only CPR and, as a future lifesaver,  understands how critical it can be for bystanders to respond if they witness a cardiac arrest outside the hospital.

“The chest compressions you apply while administering Hands-Only CPR can be vital to buying the time necessary to allow emergency medical personnel to arrive at your location,” said Heidrich, who is the director of communications for the State of Maine’s Department of Administrative and Financial Service.

The crowd practices compressions in order to do Hands-Only CPR at the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour stop at the North Lexington Family YMCA in Lexington, KY in Sept. 2017.

More than 3,700 people were ultimately trained in Hands-Only CPR during the six-week long […]

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments