I know this is the holiday season and your time is precious. But do you have one hour to spare? If so, think about this. You can learn what to do when someone’s life is in your hands. The American Heart Association is offering FREE hands-only CPR training on Saturday, December 16. Anyone can learn CPR, and everyone should. This isn’t glamorous, but consider it the best holiday gift you can give yourself… and others.
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere – on the football field, during a bike ride or while shopping at the grocery store or mall. Most people who suffer cardiac arrest do not survive, because those around them do not know how to perform this life-saving skill. Yet, studies show that immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chances of survival.
Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a choice of training times. These workshops are FREE! Participants must be 12 years of age or older and everyone is welcome, so bring your family and friends. Participants will take home the AHA’s CPR Anytime Kit and, even better, the important skills that could help you save a life.
The training is at North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd., Denver.
Here’s the schedule:
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Infant & Choking Relief
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Hands-Only CPR
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Hands-Only CPR
11 a.m. to noon — Hands-Only CPR
noon to 1 p.m. — Hands-Only CPR
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of registered time.
Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function. The chance of survival for a victim in cardiac arrest drops by 10 percent every minute if immediate bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is not given. If we could all take action in a cardiac emergency by delivering CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) we could make Colorado a safer place to live.
Some 70% of Americans report feeling helpless to act in a cardiac emergency. That statistic could hit close to home, since home is exactly where 70% of cardiac arrests will happen. But you can learn the core skills of hands-only CPR in less than 30 minutes. It 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 at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
Completion of this course does not result in a credential card. If you are interested in learning this lifesaving technique (or just brushing up your skills), please register here. Questions? Call 832-918-4062 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email savealifeCO@heart.org.