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Got 30 Minutes? You Can Learn a Lifesaving Skill

The American Red Cross is encouraging more people to get trained by offering a Citizen CPR course, which teaches hands-only CPR—a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. This technique, which is also known as compression-only CPR, is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse.

Studies show that if more people learned hands-only CPR, we could increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest survival by putting more victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.

The Citizen CPR class lasts approximately 30 minutes and teaches participants to:

  • Check for responsiveness
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Give continuous chest compressions

The Red Cross has initiated a campaign to train 5 million people in hands-only CPR in 2011.

The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus (Ohio) recently trained 190 food service workers from the city’s school system—and it only took 45 minutes. Tracy Moore, the chapter’s director of Health and Safety Services, described the positive reaction to the class.

“Our contact person ... came to me during the event and told me that many of the attendees approached him during the session and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to practice the skills directly on the manikins. They told him they felt more comfortable now that they had the opportunity to practice and receive feedback from the instructors,” Moore said.

Interested in learning hands-only CPR? Contact your local Red Cross chapter to find a class near you.

Full CPR, which combines rescue breaths with chest compressions, is still the best option in some emergencies, including those involving infants and children, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

The Red Cross offers a range of courses to certify people in first aid, full CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).