Simple CPR saves lives, chief says

CPR not only saves lives, it’s easier to do than most people think, said Keith Loreno, chief of Fostoria Fire Division, who was the guest speaker Wednesday afternoon at a Fostoria Area Safety Council meeting.

“CPR is one of those things that can be a lot simpler than we’re making it,” Loreno said. “The reality with CPR is you’re going to save somebody’s life.”

Loreno presented “Saving Lives: The public responder before the first responder” and said increasing a person’s chance of survival starts before a first responder’s arrival.

It’s as easy as two steps: the first is calling 911 and the second is pushing hard and fast on a person’s chest between the nipple line. Providing breaths for the victim is not necessary, he said.

“If you don’t do anything, the probability of survival is low,” he said. “If someone initiates CPR, it will double or even triple their chance of survival.”

“This is the difference in someone’s survival, and it’s not that tough to do,” Loreno added.

Loreno said many people do not recognize the signs of a heart attack, yet its estimated 715,000 people in the United States will have one this year.

Of 383,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occur annually, about 88 percent happen at home, he said.

“It may be your own child,” Loreno said.

At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Loreno was presented a $1,000 check on behalf of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce toward Fostoria Fire Division’s CPR training program. The money is to be used for the purchase of CPR mannequins.