Contributed by: Michelle McLees Director, Marketing and Communications / American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate
In an unprecedented show of regional cooperation, the Central Virginia CPR Council (CVCPRC) is offering the largest CPR training event the region has ever seen. For three days in June, known as the Great Days of CPR, free Hands-Only cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes will be offered to anyone who wishes to attend. These 30-minute, non-certification classes will teach the basics of this invaluable lifesaving skill and will be held at the following locations:
Friday, June 15 – The ROC Church – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 – The Diamond – Starting at 5 p.m.
Monday, June 18 – John Marshall High School – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
“Our goal is to train 3,000 – 5,000 people in Hands-Only CPR over three days,” said Shannon Daniel, chair of the Central Virginia CPR Council and QA/QI manager – operations for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “Richmond Ambulance Authority has offered free CPR classes for years as have many other organizations in our area, and we have now joined forces as the Central Virginia CPR Council to encourage all members of our community to learn this important lifesaving skill. Sudden cardiac arrest happens to people of all ages and most often in the home. Imagine your parent, grandparent, child or friend collapsing in cardiac arrest. Fast and effective CPR can double or triple the chance of survival in situations like this.”
The American Heart Association’s national Hands-Only CPR Tour, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will come to Richmond during the Great Days of CPR to partner with the Central Virginia CPR Council on this tremendously important project. The American Heart Association will kick off its three-year, national CPR tour in New York City in early June, and their mobile CPR unit will be in Richmond for all three Great Days of CPR events. As part of the AHA national Hands-Only CPR Tour, Anthem has donated 1,000 CPR kits that will be given to people who complete training during the Great Days of CPR.
“We are excited to help ignite a grassroots training effort by providing kits to citizens who learn CPR at these classes and are then willing to go out and teach others this important lifesaving skill,” said Jay Schukman, M.D., chief medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “While supplies last, people who complete the CPR training at the ROC and John Marshall High School events, and sign a pledge that they will pass on what they learned to others, will receive the kits. This is a true community effort that ultimately will save lives.”
The CPR classes at the ROC Church and John Marshall High School will last 30 minutes with classes every half hour starting at 8 a.m. The last class at these locations will begin at 7:30 p.m. CPR night at the Diamond during the Squirrels game will be a series of quick Hands-Only CPR demonstrations throughout the night, starting at 5 p.m., giving attendees a chance to try Hands-Only CPR before and during the baseball game.
For more information about the Great Days of CPR visit www.vacpr.org or call (804) 254-1147.
Hands-Only™ CPR can Double or Triple Chances of Survival
Learn the FACTS of Hands-Only™ CPR
Do you know disco? You can help save a life if you do.
Do you know disco? You can help save a life if you do.
If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR at this beat can more than double or triple a person’s chances of survival.
WHY LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR?
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States.
When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.
Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.
BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.
Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
DISCO CAN SAVE LIVES
Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive.”
“Stayin’ Alive” has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate you should push on the chest during CPR.
HUSTLE TO LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Watch the 60-second demo video. Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life.
The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is supported by an educational grant from the WellPoint Foundation.
NOTE: The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.