CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a skill that only a very small percentage of the population knows. Although vital in helping to save someone’s life who has stopped breathing, this skill is known mostly only to emergency medical technicians and life guards. However, most of those trained in this skill believe it should be much more widely learned. In an 8-hour class students can learned from trained technicians medical skills that could help save lives in the event of an emergency. Students can learn techniques such as the Heimlich for choking and how to operate an automated external defibrillator commonly known as an AED for cardiac arrest. These skills could help to save someone’s life and should be more widely taught to the public in the opinions of health care professionals. As always, in the event of an emergency call 911 first. (Painter, USAToday.com, 07/28/08)

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