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Volunteers Teach CPR

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 12

In honor of National CPR Week, the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency, hosted free hands-only CPR training at The Home Depot on Spring St. in Long Beach.

In four hours, nurse volunteers were able to teach nearly 200 individuals the proper way to perform hands-only CPR.

Staffed entirely by Long Beach Memorial nurses, community members were taught that they can still act to improve the odds of survival for someone in an emergency situation, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not.

Participants were asked to watch a short video, provided by the American Heart Association, which detailed the basics of hands-only CPR. At the end of the video, they entered the training area where a registered nurse taught them how to properly administer hands-only CPR on a practice dummy. Once complete, participants received a handout with talking points on the effectiveness of hands-only CPR and information on the steps required to become CPR certified.

Cardiac arrests are more common than one may think and can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, out in the community, and only 32 percent of those 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.

“We’re here to let people know that anyone can learn CPR,” says Darice Hawkins, RN, MN, CNS, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “You don’t have to feel helpless in an emergency cardiac situation. By learning a few simple steps you can prepare yourself for the unexpected and double or even triple someone’s chance of survival.”

Submitted by Memorial MedCtr.