Hands-Only CPR Training Hosted by Long Beach Memorial In Honor of National CPR Week

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Long Beach Memorial employees Barbara Easterbrook, RN, MSN, ANP Coordinator,  Cardiac Surgery and Paulette Shawver RN, BSN prepare to train Hands-Only CPR to the community.

Long Beach Memorial employees Barbara Easterbrook, RN, MSN, ANP Coordinator,
Cardiac Surgery and Paulette Shawver RN, BSN prepare to train Hands-Only CPR to the community.

In honor of National CPR Week, Long Beach Memorial hosted free Hands-Only CPR training. The event was staffed by 20 Long Beach Memorial nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists who by the day’s end had trained 98 participants in Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR has been proven to be as effective as standard (mouth-to-mouth) CPR. More people are likely to do Hands-Only CPR on others. As a result of this, training people in Hands-Only CPR further increases its effectiveness in emergency situations.

At the event participants were given a pocket sized quick guide to Hands-Only CPR and were shown a video detailing the CPR process. After the video, CPR instructors were on-hand to demonstrate the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR and participants had the opportunity to practice on mannequins. Along with the quick training, participants also received a sheet of talking points which highlighted sudden cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Hands-Only CPR and information on why everyone should learn CPR.

“Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s are participating to let our community of patients, families and employees know that they have the power to save lives. It is important to know that ‘Hands-Only CPR’ does save lives and is easy to do once you have this simple 5-minute training,” says Darice Hawkins RN, MN, CNS, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial.

By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not. Many are concerned they might do something wrong in an emergency situation, but the only way to make things worse for someone in need of CPR, is to do nothing.

Pharmacy Technician Coordinator, Lorraine receives instruction on Hands-Only CPR from Paulette Shawver, RN, BSN.

Pharmacy Technician Coordinator, Lorraine receives instruction on Hands-Only CPR from Paulette Shawver, RN, BSN.

One of the many CPR mannequins used to train visitors at the event.

One of the many CPR mannequins used to train visitors at the event.

About Long Beach Memorial
Named among the top eight hospitals in the Los Angeles Metro area U.S. News and World Report, Long Beach Memorial has been providing compassionate care with the latest state-of-the-art technology for more than 100 years. Long Beach Memorial is the region’s first choice for comprehensive care in virtually every medical and surgical specialty. Long Beach Memorial is a leader in new technology, being one of only 3 hospitals in Calif. with a 320 Slice CT Scanner and preventative technology and programs such as the Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscope (ENB™) and the Division of Interventional Neurological Radiology. Centers of Excellence include the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute, the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, the MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute, the MemorialCare Orthopedic Institute, the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute, MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center, Stroke Program and the Emergency Department and Trauma Center.

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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – two of America’s leading killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call
1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

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