MERIDIAN, Idaho — On Saturday, The American Heart Association, the Meridian Youth Advisory Council and Dutch Bros. Coffee teamed up to teach Meridian residents how to save lives with Hands-Only CPR. Dutch Bros. customers who watched a CPR demonstration received a discount on their order.
Hands-Only CPR is done without mouth-to-mouth breaths. Experts say it is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting.
Katelyn Carter, a Meridian Youth Advisory Council member says, "I think everyone should learn how to do CPR. I think it's great, and it's simple once you know it. It's not going to be simple in that situation but knowing it is going to be better because you can always teach someone else. And it changes a lot, so you might think you know it but things have changed to now so it's better to re-learn so that way you can always have practice."
Experts say about 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, but only about 46% of these cases receive the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.