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Dane County employees learn new life-saving skill


MADISON (WKOW) -- More people in Dane County will have the chance to learn a life-saving technique that local health experts believe is more effecting than CPR.

A few county employees Friday morning were trained on the resuscitation method called CCR, or Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation.  It's like CPR, but without mouth-to-mouth.

A person would call 9-1-1, then kneel next to the victim and compress a person's chest 100 times a minute until help arrives.

"The worst thing you can do is break a rib, which in the context of saving a life, is nothing," said Dane County medical director Dr. Paul Stiegler.  "The rib will heal, and it doesn't interfere with anything else."

The county received a $29,000 grant from the state Office of Rural Health to help teach CCR.

EMS stations around Dane County will hold CCR training classes January 17. Exact times will be announced at a later date.

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