In honor of National CPR Week, the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Medical Center collaborated with the American Heart Association and the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency to host a free hands-only CPR training session on Thursday, June 2. Nurses taught nearly 100 individuals the proper way to perform hands-only CPR to the beat of Bee Gees’ hit song “Stayin’ Alive.”
Long Beach Medical Center nurses taught participants how to improve the odds of survival for someone in an emergency situation. Hands-only CPR can nearly triple a person’s chance of survival, without using the mouth-to-mouth technique, while waiting for emergency officials to arrive.
Participants were asked to watch a two-minute video, provided by the American Heart Association, which detailed the basics of hands-only CPR. At the end of the video, they entered the training area where a registered nurse taught them how to properly administer hands-only CPR on a practice dummy. Once complete, participants received a certificate of completion for the crash course on hands-only CPR and informational materials about how to become CPR certified.
Cardiac arrest is more common than many people realize and can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, and only 32 percent of those cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. Sadly, less than 10 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive because few people are educated on how to properly perform CPR.
“For every minute without a bystander CPR, survival from cardiac arrest decreases by about 10 percent,” says Darice Hawkins, RN, MN, CNS, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Medical Center. “By learning a few simple steps, you can triple a victim’s chance of survival.”