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Avera Medical Minute: CPR - The Gift of Life

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Each year thousands of lives are saved because of external defibrillators. The compact devices located in public areas check a person's heart rhythm and even administer a shock if necessary. Being a Good Samaritan can be easier than you think.

Emergencies are unexpected. Would you know what to do to save someone's life? Life-saving techniques, from CPR to automated external defibrillators, for cardiac emergencies are easy to use. In fact, with a little bit of knowledge and quick thinking you can help a victim of cardiac arrest.

Avera Heart Hospital emergency staff rely on Good Samaritans who are first on the scene to provide life-saving aid. They want to encourage more people to use automated external defibrillators before ambulances can arrive The equipment is easy to use. it gives verbal instructions from when you first remove a victims clothing until you apply the pads.

Sioux Falls offers classes for those who want to learn Just call 367-8271. If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit www.averamckennan.org


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