SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) -– Eugene and Springfield firefighters started training with a new form of CPR today, proven in other cities to save many more lives than the tradition mouth-to-mouth method. With compression-only CPR, first responders don’t pause for breathing and keep compressing constantly.
Firefighters will start using the new technique on patients next month and hope to increase the local survival rate of cardiac arrest patients. In other cities, studies show the method can triple the survival rate in cardiac arrest patients.
Local seventh-graders will also be trained and share the skills with their families. Folks running the program say they need some help purchasing new CPR kits to teach the kids. To help, you can donate online.