Huntington Hospital and Pasadena Fire Department demonstrate CPR techniques at Paseo Colorado

June 7, 2016

Last week, Huntington Hospital and Pasadena Fire Department hosted a free, Hands-Only CPR training at the Paseo Colorado in Pasadena. CPR instructors demonstrated the basic and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR to over 200 people. Thank you to all who participated!

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Anyone can learn CPR – and the American Heart Association believes that everyone should. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: the life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not. For more information about Hands-Only CPR, please visit the American Heart Association website at www.Heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR.

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