ALBANY, GA (WALB) - CPR saves lives, but most folks outside the medical profession don't know how to perform it. That's why one South Georgia man created a video to help teach people.
Goldstar Ambulance Owner Charles Proctor created thousands of these DVDs, hoping to save lives.
The average response time for an ambulance in the United States is about eight minutes. And if someone needs CPR, every minute that passes can make a difference between life and death.
"For every minute a person needs CPR and CPR is not done, their chances of survival decrease by 10% per minute," he said.
But not everyone knows how to do CPR, that's why Charles Proctor created this video to help teach the average person what to do. "This lady one time asked me why don't you make a video of you doing CPR so that when I forget I can watch the video."
And that's exactly what he did. Proctor has taught lots of paramedics CPR, but the average person will never take a CPR course, so this video can help everyone. "It's short, its sweet, it's to the point, and it saves about 21% of the people that it's applied to."
And it's also a way to review your CPR training. "With any training, just like lifting weights, just like learning something, if you don't use it, you lose it. And with this you can easily review what you learned in the past and remind yourself what comes first, or what do I look for, or how do I get this out of the airway."
These were at one time sold all over the world, but Proctor now hopes to put it on the internet to make it accessible to everyone for free.
He also says you can call his office on Baldwin Drive at 877-794-4911 if you're interested in picking up one of these DVDs.