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Jackson County middle schools offer hands-only CPR training

The Southern Oregon CPR Initiative will teach middle school students in Jackson County how to perform adult, hands-only CPR, starting this month.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students will get a lesson and a CPR Anytime kit, which include a DVD and reusable CPR mannequin that they can use to practice and teach others CPR basics. Their homework assignment will be to teach friends and family how to perform the chest compressions of hands-only CPR.

The undertaking is a collaborative effort  by Jackson County EMS, Medford Fire-Rescue, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and local educators, all in partnership with the American Heart Association.

The program is designed to increase the number of people who can, and do, perform CPR when they recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, organizers said. Studies have shown that calling 911 and doing chest compressions without  artificial breathing can significantly increase the chance of survival in such situations.