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President's Prescription: What you need to know about CPR

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Whether you're a parent, childcare provider, teacher, coach or personal trainer, it's always a good idea to learn how to react quickly in an emergency. That's the focus this week for Dr. Tedd Mitchell, president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

And this is the President's Prescription:

Even if you're not trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, the difference between doing something and doing nothing could mean someone's life. Chest compressions can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until medical help arrives, reducing the risk of brain damage or death.

CPR is useful in situations in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped, like heart attack or near drowning. The American Heart Association recommends that untrained bystanders and medical personnel begin CPR with chest compressions.

Here's the most recent CPR advice for adults, children and infants: if you're not trained in CPR, provide hands-only CPR, or uninterrupted chest compressions of about 100 a minute until paramedics arrive.

If you're trained in CPR, begin with chest compressions instead of first checking the airway and doing rescue breathing. Start with 30 chest compressions before checking the airway and giving rescue breaths.

If you've received CPR training but you're not confident in your abilities, perform chest compressions at a rate of about 100 a minute.

Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. The life you save with CPR could be a loved one's.

To find a CPR class near you, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.

The Red Cross offers first aid and CPR classes, geared to professionals, coaches or lay people.

You can find a list of CPR classes available in Lubbock by clicking here.

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