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Rescue comes down to decisions

A witness's comment to us Monday about performing CPR on a Wilmington shooting victim raised some questions. What would you do in a time of emergency? There are rules to a rescue. Saving a life could come down to right and wrong decisions. New Hanover Regional EMS specialist Jeremy Hoffman says there are specific steps to follow. "The first thing you need to remember is always maintain personal safety, and another thing to keep in mind is that even with expert trained personnel, and rescuers alike, there's successes and failures, it depends on several instances, how severely their injured and how long they've been without pulse prior to CPR." If the victim has badly bleeding wounds, stopping that bleeding should be first priority. If you would like training in CPR you can contact the local American Red Cross or the American Heart Association for classes.

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