The Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority is trying to raise $5,000 to make a video public service announcement for “hands-only CPR.”
Trevor Smith, an engineer paramedic with the fire department, said recent changes is pre-hospital treatment of victims suffering from cardiac arrest stress, using a hands-only CPR technique.
“Many people are fearful about helping in these situations, considering the risks of performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” Smith said. “Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is no longer suggested.”
He said the changes have not only improved survivability, they have increased chances that bystanders will provide help.
Donations can be made to the department’s charitable arm, the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association, 630 Second St. W., Sonoma.