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More people open to learning CPR with 'no kissing'

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“I developed sudden left arm pain, suddenly got dizzy and went unresponsive and into cardiac arrest. I was having a heart attack,” said Lee Howie.

Luckily for Howie, he's still alive. His life was saved by fast thinking from his co-workers.

“The reason I’m sitting here today and the reason I’m able to talk to you is because adequate CPR was done on me,” Howie said.

Howie is the EMS manager for McLaren Bay Region, so his co-workers were EMTs and knew what to do to save his life.

But unfortunately, not everyone is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

If someone you knew needed help: could you save them?

“The co-workers was an accident, it could have easily been my neighbor, my family, whoever knew CPR,” Howie said.

But one thing often stands in the way of someone performing, or even learning CPR.

“A lot of people are afraid to do mouth-to-mouth on a patient,” Howie said.

In movies and TV shows, you see CPR with a focus on mouth-to-mouth, and that scares a lot of people away from doing it.

But if you're hesitant to kiss a stranger, here's the good news: don't.

The American Heart Association has released new guidelines emphasizing the use of hands-only CPR.

It works just as it sounds: instead of doing compression for so long, then giving breaths, continue to do compression until you physically can't or help arrives.

The hands-only method is relatively new, and not enough people are trained on CPR.

So, we decided to put some people to the test.

The I-Team visited a Saginaw Spirit game and asked the crowd if they knew CPR.

TV5 got mixed results from those we challenged, but no one we talked to knew the hands-only method.

At the game, TV5 teamed up with Diane Fong of the Pulse 3 Foundation to teach people in the crowd.

“There's a Bee Gees song called ‘Staying Alive’ and if you sing that your rhythm is perfect,” Fong said.

The hands-only method is a good start to save someone, but Howie still recommends using the breaths too, if you feel comfortable.

“The most effective CPR is still the full CPR, which is a 30-2 ratio for an adult of compression to ventilation,” Howie said.

But when you see a friend fall, a family member go into cardiac arrest, or a total stranger struggling – there’s still the hands-only method as an option to save their lives.

“You literally can be directly involved in saving a loved one or friends life,” Howie said.

No kissing needed.

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