Sentara Martha Jefferson HealthWise: Hands Only CPR

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Health and Wellness Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is offering a free hands-only CPR class for its cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients.

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This is thanks to community donors who helped fund the grant awarded through the Patient and Family Advisory Committee.

Once a month, Tracey Hill will be teaching participants how to properly provide a heartbeat for someone who may be unconscious and whose heart may be unable to do so on its own.

"The main thing in saving someone's life is providing a heartbeat and getting blood and oxygen circulating through the body," Hill said.

An easy and effective way to do that is with your hands, and the class provides the direction and supervision to ensure participants are doing it correctly.

Classes start on Feb. 21, and those who come to the class will learn how to do hands-only CPR using a kit, which has everything they need to know in order to potentially save someone's life.

The kits include a DVD and an inflatable mannequin, which lets participants know if they are performing the chest compressions hard enough, fast enough and deep enough by making clicking noises.

"If you know how to call 911, and you can remember to push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest, then you can potentially provide a heartbeat for that person until emergency medical personnel can arrive," Hill said.

Each participant is encouraged to reach out to at least three people to share their kits and teach them how they too could save someone's life with just their hands.

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