Would you know what to do if you witnessed a cardiac emergency?  Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR can change that and Auburn High School has implemented the training at their school.

CPR and AED Awareness Week, is June 1-7 and the perfect time to learn Hands-Only CPR

It only takes two steps when you see an unresponsive adult. 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest for 100 to 120 beats per minute. To make it easier and to stay on track, you can push to a song like “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Auburn High School was recognized by the American Heart Association for being one of the high school winners of the CPR Challenge. Students trained 1,821 people in the past year. Nine schools participated this year and trained a total of over 5,400 people to be lifesavers. To learn more about Hands-Only CPR, visit www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR.

Pictured is Jay Cyr from UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Denise Collins PE Teacher from Auburn, Rebecca McPherson and Priscilla Kot from Auburn High School. [Submitted Photo]