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Free CPR training boosts life saving skills

Posted at 8:49 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 14:09:23-04

In an effort to empower more people with life-saving skills, American Medical Response is offering free CPR training.

Sessions were held at the Erie County Medical Center Wednesday.

“This is national ems week. and as a part of our festivities we're participating in the world CPR challenge at ECMC,” EMS Director Scott Wander said.

Specifically, people were being taught the “compression only” technique. They press on a victim’s chest in a hard, fast rhythm to keep blood flowing through their body.  Experts say this kind of CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest patient’s chance of survival.