CPR: SEPTA hosts free training sessions at Jefferson Station that could save a life

Mike Dougherty
December 09, 2018 - 4:00 am
CPR has changed over the years, and instructors are teaching "hands only" CPR to encourage more intervention from Good Samaritans.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- CPR has changed over the years, and instructors are teaching "hands only" CPR to encourage more intervention from Good Samaritans. Free classes were held earlier this week at SEPTA's Jefferson Station.

Spotting the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack is the first step.

"Cardiac arrest is an electrical issue, so the person who goes into cardiac arrest will be on the ground really quickly,” explains Nabil Abdulhay with the Mobile CPR Project. “With a heart attack, you can think about it as a plumbing issue where the arteries going to the heart are clogged or broken, so it's a prolonged experience."

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Abdulhay says if it is cardiac arrest, it's very important to call 911, and then start with chest compressions right away.

"You're pushing down on the chest to squeeze blood out of the heart and move it to the brain,” he said. “What your role is, you're essentially trying to keep the brain alive, until medics can get to you."

Abdulhay went on to say that it is important to not stop until help arrives. Instructors are scheduled to be back for more free training at Jefferson Station December 13, from 9 until noon.

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