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Monday March 10, 2014
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Regarding the February feature story "A lifesaving skill: CPR practice boosts resuscitation success," (www.Nurse.com/Article/Resuscitation-Success), I have been an American heart Association BLS Instructor Faculty since 1985. It paid off on Oct.16, 2005, when my husband (then age 65) had a cardiac arrest while we were visiting our oldest daughter and her family in Champaign, Ill.

I started CPR within 30 seconds and the ambulance and AED arrived within about two minutes. He was shocked seven times, twice in the house and five times in the ambulance. He was in ventricular fibrillation. He was resuscitated with no brain damage and was doing crossword puzzles the day after.

He was one of the lucky few who survive an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Because of the quick response by the paramedics and me, he is alive today eight years later. It pays to know CPR and perform it correctly.

— Helene Eckrich, RN, MSN
Albuquerque, N.M.