Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) will join these efforts and host free Hands-Only CPR training at 12401 Washington Blvd. in Whittier on June 7, 2012 from 9 am to 12 Noon. 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. Training will be done in 15-minute increments, and will not result in CPR certification, but information on how to 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.
However, 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. For more information about the free Hands-Only CPR training, contact Carole Snyder, PIH emergency preparedness coordinator at 562.698.0811 Ext. 17684.
PIH also offers full CPR training year-round through its community education programs. To find upcoming classes, visit www.pih.net/