Local health care professionals talk about the importance of CPR

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Published: Jan. 6, 2023 at 11:08 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - With the latest events surrounding health care, it has placed a heighten level of importance on CPR. Hastings health care professionals say the basics everyone needs to know is hands-only CPR.

This measure is used when someone is unresponsive and doesn’t have a pulse. The goal is to get 100 chest compressions in a minute. When it comes to potentially saving a life, local experts say fast reactions are key to emergencies that require CPR.

“It’s important from the standpoint of quick reaction times to an emergency like that,” said Registered Nurse at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Andrew McCarty. “Calling 911, getting professionals involved, it’s just really important for a basic bystander to know some basic skills to get the process started.

McCarty said a fast respond from bystanders can help emergency responders save a person’s life. There’s also a common misconception when it comes to administrating CPR.

“That somebody needs to be certified to administer CPR,” McCarty said. “Any person, any bystander can administer CPR. Now somebody that’s been trained in CPR might be able to give more effective compressions than somebody who has not been trained in CPR, but initiating that process is going to be the most important thing.”

McCarty said locals can contact their local Red Cross or Central Community College to take CPR classes. With that knowledge that can make a lasting impact.

“The greatest impact of people knowing CPR is saving a life,” McCarty said. “I think getting that process started early, doing chest compressions, activating 911, getting medical professionals involved, and then getting the person to the hospital as soon as possible is going to increase their chance of survival.”

McCarty says people shouldn’t fear giving CPR to anyone in need because they are legally protected by Good Samaritan laws.