According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.
It’s a frightening number the AHA hopes to reduce by training people on life-saving Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.
On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour will make its way to the Indiana Statehouse.
During the free 30-minute training sessions, attendees will learn the two steps of hands-only CPR.
Emcees will perform CPR to songs that are 100 – 120 beats per minute, which is the rate CPR should be performed.
Hands-only CPR, when performed correctly, can be just as effective as conventional CPR and can triple a person’s chance of survival, according to the AHA.
Look out for the mobile tour set-up at the corner of North Senate Avenue and Robert Orr Plaza.
Indianapolis is the final stop of a nine-state tour funded by the American Heart Association and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.
Follow the link for more information about the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour.
Thanks to 11-year-old Skylar Berry, 6th grade classes at Orchard Elementary School are a little different than usual. That’s because Berry is adamant that all her peers learn CPR.
Students huddle around Berry as she demonstrated hands-only CPR. Her classmates are learning simple chest compressions to the beat of the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”
So why is this 6th grader so passionate about CPR? She recently used it to save a friend’s life at a birthday pool party. The kids were playing in the pool when they realized that one of their friends was at the bottom. They dragged him out and realized he wasn’t breathing. Checking his pulse, Berry knew she only had one choice to try and save his life.
“It was pretty cool. I’ve never seen an 11-year-old do CPR on another kid. It was so relieving,” says the birthday boy, David Baltzley.
A little overwhelmed by all the attention, the boy is back in school, feeling just fine. Berry credits the Sacramento Metro Fire Department and their Fire Camp for teaching her about CPR and water safety. She’s hoping to spend whatever free time she has this school year to teach others to save lives, including spreading the word about her new CPR club.
“We want to teach other kids that real life situations are no joke,” Berry explains. “It’s no time to mess around.”
Nearly 40,000 Orange County Public School students will participate in a county–wide CPR training Thursday (09/26/19) in recognition of this week’s World Heart Day.
In partnership with the American Heart Association, local fire crews will visit 25 school sites and tech centers to teach students “hands only” CPR. The training will include checking vitals, assessing ABC’s (airway, breathing, circulation) and performing chest compression.
Jimmy Clarity of the American Heart Association said that the training will not only benefit the schools, but the community as a whole.
“Allowing more folks to be trained on CPR really gives us the best opportunity to create the healthiest city possible and the healthiest community possible.”
Clarity added that the annual event has proven its worth from students who have already shared life-saving stories of their own and that their experiences will make for a more prepared tomorrow.
“Ultimately, we want to make Orlando the safest community in the country and by training more of our students in hands-only CPR we are creating a future generation of lifesavers.”
According to the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent every minute CPR is delayed. But if applied immediately, a person’s chances of survival can double or triple.