Kit lets you learn hands-only CPR

The American Heart Association has created a way for people to learn Hands-Only CPR in less than 25 minutes, for around $35.

The CPR Anytime¿ for Family and Friends kit has everything needed to complete this self-directed CPR training. Information on the kit is available at www.heart.org/cpr The kit can be used at home or wherever there is access to a DVD player. A single kit allows an entire family, including children, to learn CPR. The kit includes a CPR manikin, 22-minute DVD and resource booklet.

Using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not, association officials said.

Less than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and less than 5 percent survive, association officials said.

Without immediate, effective CPR from a bystander, a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decreases 7 percent to 10 percent per minute.

Since 2008, the American Heart Association has recommended that untrained bystanders use Hands-Only CPR — CPR without breaths — for an adult victim who suddenly collapses. Hands-Only CPR teaches basic steps: First, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast on the center of the chest until professional help or an AED arrives.

The Heart Association is pushing to require CPR training before graduation (http://www.supportcprinschools.org/)

On the net: www.heart.org.