Free Hands-Only CPR Training Thursday in Long Beach

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hands-only cpr trainingIn honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association (AHA) is collaborating with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency to coordinate County wide CPR program. Emergency healthcare providers, such as fire departments, ambulance companies, hospitals and education programs will be going out into the community to teach residents how to save a life with CPR.

Long Beach Fire Department, in partnership with St. Mary Medical Center, will join these efforts and host a free Hands-Only CPR training on June 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Chase Bank at 5200 E. Second Street, Long Beach, CA 90803; Albertson’s at 450 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, and Von’s at 4550 Atlantic Ave (45th Way), Long Beach, CA 90807.

This service is free to the public and will be held in various locations across Southern California, including Los Angeles County, with the goal of increasing the number of lifesavers in the community.

CPR instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR, and participants will have the opportunity to practice on mannequins. The training will not result in CPR certification, but information on how you can get certified will be available.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Anyone can learn CPR – and the American Heart Association believes that everyone should. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not. Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency. Watch this video to help save a life.

For more information about St. Mary Medical Center, visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org. To learn more about the American Heart Association, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

(Photo by Peat Bakke)

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