Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local hospital spent Saturday morning teaching techniques that could save a life, and it was all for free.
As part of American Heart Month, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital offered a free hands-only CPR class to the public, showing attendees how to determine if someone is need of CPR, how to perform chest compressions and the right way to use an AED.
Participants also got to take home a CPR education kit, which had an inflatable dummy for practice and a DVD with instructions so they can keep their skills sharp, and maybe even pass the knowledge along to others.
The hospital's CPR instructor said she wants people to know how easy it can be to learn the skill.
"The benefit of hands-only CPR is truly that everybody can learn in a very short time how to save a life," said instructor Peggy Pendergast. "It's simple, it's very self-explanatory."
Pendergast said she hopes everyone considers learning CPR, and added that the hospital also offers certification courses throughout the year.