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PNS Daily Newscast - October 29, 2020 

Trump supporters left to battle frigid temperatures in Omaha; absentee ballots surge in Tennessee.

2020Talks - October 29, 2020 

The Supreme Court blocks North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans from requiring ballots to be delivered by Election Day. And a Texas court is requiring masks at polling places.

Thousands of Californians Wanted for CPR Training

June 4, 2009

The American Heart Association wants a million people to learn how to save a life this week, and has designated this National CPR Week. Spokesman David Adriansen says we need more people trained in the life-saving technique, and the sooner the better.

"About 75 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital, with most happening at home. But, only about 8 percent of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims survive."

CPR, which involves compressions to the chest to keep the heart going until professional medical care arrives, is possible to learn in 20 minutes, says Adriansen. It begins, he says, when someone has fallen; first shake their shoulder and rub their chest. If there’s no response, they’re unconscious. Call 911 -- then take action.

"Get on the center of the chest. Put one hand on the sternum, or the breast bone. Put your other hand on top. Straighten out your arms and get ready to press down, one compression every second until the ambulance gets there."

In CPR, you push the chest down about two inches, or about a third of the depth of the chest. Dr. Adriansen notes it takes an ambulance up to 12 minutes on average to arrive, but a victim needs help within five. Chances of survival decrease ten percent for every minute a victim goes without treatment. The American Heart Association is also encouraging volunteers to become familiar with automated external defibrillators, which are often located on walls at airports, casinos and other public places.

Anyone can find a local training center, or order a home CPR instruction kit, online at

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA