High school seniors to learn CPR method

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About 800 high school seniors will learn hands-only CPR on Wednesday as part of a two-year campaign to teach the method to thousands of Clark County residents.

Clark County Fire District 6 is leading Wednesday's hourlong trainings at Columbia River and Skyview high schools.

"Hands-only CPR has been proven to be just as effective and takes the mouth-to-mouth and counting out of the equation," said Capt. Mike Hollingsworth.

Through the ongoing trainings, Dr. Lynn Wittwer, program director for the county's emergency medical services, looks to train at least 10 percent of the local population — about 30,000 to 45,000 Clark County residents. As more people learn hands-only CPR, he hopes to also increase the survival rate for people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.