San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital to Hold Hands-Only CPR Training

SAN GORGONIO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST FREE HANDS-ONLY CPR TRAINING IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CPR WEEK

Training to be held on June 7 at SGMH, outside the Main Lobby

In honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association (AHA) is collaborating with the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency to coordinate a free CPR program.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital will host a free Hands-Only CPR training at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, in front of the Main Lobby, at 600 N. Highland Springs Ave., in Banning on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Emergency healthcare providers, like fire departments, ambulance companies, hospitals and education programs will be going out into the community to teach residents how to save a life with CPR.

This service is free to the public and will be held in various locations across Southern California, including Riverside County, with the goal of increasing the number of lifesavers in the community.

CPR instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR, and participants will have the opportunity to practice on mannequins. The training will not result in CPR certification, but information on how you can get certified will be available.

Cardiac arrests are more common than many people 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.

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency. For more information about the free Hands-Only CPR training, contact Molly Ellis at 951-663-9643 or mellis@sgmh.org.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – two of America’s leading killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

For more info, see CPR Fact Sheet

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