If CPR is only 10% successful, why do lifeguards do it?

Goddard employees practice CPR techniques March 18, 2011. Photo Courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Rebecca Roth via Flickr Creative Commons.
Goddard employees practice CPR techniques March 18, 2011. Photo Courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Rebecca Roth via Flickr Creative Commons.

By Poncie Rutsch
BU News Service

Many a student spends the summer lifeguarding at the local pool. Swimming without a lifeguard almost feels irresponsible. Yet CPR is only about 10% effective. Even when lifeguards do their best, the odds are not in their favor. WTBU reporter Poncie Rutsch interviews a group of young lifeguards as they train at the BU pool.

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