LOS ANGELES – Can you spare 10 minutes to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive? The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), along with various other agencies is once again coordinating free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, June 4, 2013 at multiple sites across Los Angeles County to help improve cardiac survivability.
Earlier this month on Saturday May 11, 2013 the LAFD successfully trained hundreds. Last year, more than 5,000 people in LA County learned how to save a life in just 10 minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals. This year, the goal is to train at least 10,000 more, using simple mannequins.
“Citizen CPR is a fast-growing movement to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest,” says Cathy Chidester, director of the County EMS Agency. “We are glad to partner with the American Heart Association, fire departments and hospitals to bring Sidewalk CPR into local communities. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one’s chance of survival.”Hands-only CPR focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time. While emergency responders are on their way to the scene, chest compressions using hands-only CPR will provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.
Currently in Los Angeles County, less than three percent of the nearly 383,000 sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. You can learn to save a life on your lunch hour.
Pick one of six easy locations:
2) Food 4 Less Market / Shopping Center (10AM to 2PM)
3) Ralphs (10AM to 2PM)
4) Olympia Medical Center (10AM to 2PM)
5) Universal City Walk (4PM to 7PM)
6) Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Harbor 1 & 2 rooms (10AM to 2PM)
Click Here for additional training sites available through out Los Angeles and don't forget to join in the fun on twitter at #SidewalkCPR & #HandsOnlyCPR.
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department