TUCSON – Swim season is upon us, and one big part of the ABCs of water safety is learning CPR.
“Studies show that for every minute that CPR is not being done, that you decrease ten percent in survival,” Northwest Fire District Captain Brian Keeley told the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver.
For first-responders, being able to perform CPR on a patient who needs it isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.
Now, technology is able to offer a helping hand.
All Northwest Fire District ambulances are now equipped with a Lucas CPR device.
It is technology that’s able to take over CPR when a patient needs to be moved, or is in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
“Whenever we move, we want to transition over to that technology. The research has absolutely demonstrated that it is the quality of that CPR, and that it’s continuous,” Captain Keeley told the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver.
However, the Lucas CPR device is not an option for most people, and it’s also no substitute for learning CPR.
That’s why the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver has teamed-up again this year with CPR 2 U.
“It’s a tool that I believe everybody should have. Because if you can save a life, that’s something that is great,” said Tucson mom, Karla Broughton.
Broughton is nanny to a four-month-old girl, and mom to a six-year old son.
She says learning the skills it takes to be a Lifesaver was one of the best decisions she has made.
“Doing CPR on somebody else that you don’t even know, and having their life in your hands is a big deal,” Broughton told the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver.
Vicki Monnot, who spends time as a pool monitor during the summer months, has had close-calls, including last summer, when a young girl slipped underwater.
“So, I jumped in and I got her. I mean, if she wouldn’t have started breathing on her own, I wouldn’t have known what to do,” Monnot told the News 4 Tucson Lifesaver.
Learning CPR has given both women the skills and confidence they need to be a Lifesaver.
“Get off the fence. It’s easy. You could save a life, or help save a life.” Monnot said.