When bystanders perform CPR until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews arrive, they can triple a sudden cardiac arrest victims’ chance of survival.
During National EMS Week, May 21-27, American Medical Response (AMR) / Life Line Ambulance Service, Inc. will be teaching community members how to save lives by performing compression-only CPR.
With more than 350,000 Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest annually, AMR wants to make sure bystanders are trained and ready to assist. In compression-only CPR, hard, fast and rhythmic chest compressions allow oxygenated blood to flow through the body, keeping the brain and other essential organs alive until first responders arrive and can restart the heart.
It only takes five minutes to learn this life-saving technique. The free lessons are a part of AMR’s 2017 World CPR Challenge. Community members of all ages are encouraged to join in learning how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and perform compression-only CPR.
Since kicking off the annual World CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR double from 21 to 41 percent. This year, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American College of Emergency Physicians are joining the nationwide initiative to train one million people in bystander CPR.
Remaining compression-only CPR classes offered during National EMS Week:
May 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Walmart 3450 N. Glassford Hill Road.
May 26, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dutch Brothers, 5980 Highway 69.
May 27, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sam’s Club, 5757 E. Highway 69.
May 26, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Soda Barn, 838 Highway 89.
To learn more about AMR’s 2017 World CPR Challenge, visit www.amr.net/cpr.