Firefighters team up with Red Cross to save more patients
Las Vegas firefighters are teaming up with the local Red Cross and other community groups to save more victims of cardiac arrest.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas firefighters are teaming up with the local Red Cross and other community groups to save more victims of cardiac arrest.
They donated their personal time on Tuesday to teach people how to perform compression CPR.
The Red Cross was on hand to urge participants to become certified.
"For every minute that someone doesn't respond, their chances of surviving decreases by 10-percent. So that 10-percent, if you add it to 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 6 minutes, there is a 60-percent chance that someone may not survive if you do nothing," said Marie Tasker with the Red Cross of Southern Nevada.
Las Vegas firefighters are saving roughly 26-percent of all cardiac arrest patients they treat and they believe that with some help from the community, they can save as many as 50-percent of patients who are given compression-only CPR, prior to their arrival.