Western Reserve Hospital, in accordance with the Hands-Only CPR method endorsed by the American Heart Association, will host a free Hands-Only CPR training course at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the hospital auditorium. This training course follows the Feb. 13 “Go Red for Women” heart disease awareness luncheon at the hospital.
“Hands-Only CPR has recently become the leading form of CPR for teens and adults who experience cardiac arrest, because in many cases, it’s more effective than the conventional method,” said Dr. Joseph Restivo, cardiologist at Western Reserve and keynote speaker at the Feb. 13 event. “When the heart shuts down during a cardiac emergency, the most important thing you can do to save someone’s life is keep the blood pumping.”
According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, and receiving immediate CPR can double or triple their chances of survival.
Unlike tradition CPR, Hands-Only CPR doesn’t make use of mouth-to-mouth breaths. Instead, it uses continuous hard, fast compressions in the middle of the chest to the tempo of the Bee Gees disco hit, “Staying Alive,” which is equal to the recommended 100 compressions per minute.
“If you’re called upon to perform CPR, there’s a good chance it will be someone you know or a loved one that needs you,” Dr. Restivo said. “Whether it’s a spouse, coworker, parent or even a stranger who collapses in front of you, it’s worth taking the time to learn this fast, easy, life-saving technique.”
To register for the free event, contact Kathy Romito, Community Outreach Manager, at (330) 971-7408, or email@example.com.