KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- This is National CPR Week, and the American Heart Association will be using it to spread awareness about how to perform CPR and use an automatic external defibrillator. Cindy Bouma, with the organization's Midwest Conference, says that among the messages it wants to get out there is how easy it is to perform CPR.
"There have been some changes approved by the American Heart Association in the last year and a half," Bouma told WKZO. "We've really gone to a new form of CPR for a lay person where we do hands only CPR. So, CPR has gotten less complex, and it's taken away a little bit of the yuck factor that has turned some people off."
Bouma says that the American Heart Association also wants people to take notice of AEDs in the community, noting how easy they are to use, as well. It's promoting a campaign this week called Selfies Save Lives, asking people to take selfies of themselves in front of an AED machine when they see one, and to learn a little something about how they work.