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By Lianza Reyes SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — On Black Friday two years ago, Cassandra West was driving home from shopping when she saw a man lying on the road. She didn’t know how long he was there, or if he was alive.
West’s training as a former emergency medical technician allowed her to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man. The man is still alive today, according to her, which stands out when you look at the numbers across the nation. About ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. However, only forty-six percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims get the immediate help needed.
Aside from this, she frequently teaches two-step CPR for several organizations, even for pre-schoolers.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to provide breaths anymore, it just means that the two steps of calling 911 and doing compressions,” she said.
According to West, part of doing the compressions may be done to the tune of Staying Alive since this results in the needed amount of compressions.
“It’s called anytime, anywhere CPR. I think as the common knowledge behind knowing that there are two steps, calling 911 and providing compressions – this is the model to save someone’s life,” she said.
The act of giving compressions is not limited to anyone’s capabilities, she said. Anyone regardless of age, physical ability, or other factors can perform two-step CPR. Through two-step CPR, someone can save a life. This process can be different from the process given by EMTs, but can still increase the chances of survival, she said.
To her, the knowledge of doing compressions and calling for help along saved the man’s life. She didn’t know how long the man had been lying on the road, but it dawned on her that every second counts, even in early intervention.
“Being a bystander, and becoming a by-doer is the key to saving a life,” she said.