Jeff Tally demonstrating CPR on a fellow firefighter at Valdosta Fire Station No. 6
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Valdosta Fire Department Lieutenant Jeff Tally says CPR training is something each of us should have.
"For every minute someone is down on a cardiac arrest, they lose a ten percent chance of survival," Tally explained. "The faster someone can start CPR, the better their chances for survival."
The February issue of The Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine cites a recent study, which found that "...counties located in the South and those with a higher proportion of rural populations, residents of black race and Hispanic ethnicity, and lower median household incomes have lower CPR training than their counterparts."
That makes CPR training all the more important in South Georgia.
"In a year's time, over 383,000 cases of cardiac arrest happen," said Tally.
"Over 88% of those happen in the home. So, it's very important for people to, not only for their loved ones but also for bystanders, to be able to learn this life-saving technique," Tally continued.
Tally says first, check to see if the victim is responsive. Two, check to see if the victim is breathing. And Three, if the victim is not breathing, begin chest compressions.
"The first line of response is actually the individual in the home. They're there all the time," Tally emphasized.
Tally encourages everyone to take a CPR training class and become CPR certified, but knowing these three simple steps could be a life saver.