Antelope Valley Hospital and Palmdale Regional Medical Center will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day this Thursday, June 1.
The two local hospital will join 70 sites across Los Angeles County taking part in the event.
“Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest,” stated Pat Chimbole, RN Nurse Educator at Palmdale Regional. “We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community.”
“With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one’s chance of survival,” Chimbole continued.
Hands-only CPR training will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Palmdale Regional, located at 38600 Medical Center Drive in Palmdale. This is a come and go event open to the public, which will include a quick five minute training and videos that will be available to watch
At Antelope Valley Hospital, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hospital’s Community Resource Center, located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster.
Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest. Since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time, bystanders become heroes until emergency responders arrive on scene. With each chest compression using hands-only CPR, ordinary citizens can easily provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.
Once trained in hands-only CPR, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app for iOS and Android phones to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR. To learn more, visit the PulsePoint Foundation www.pulsepoint.org.
For more information about hands-only CPR training, contact Palmdale Regional Education Department at 661-382-5021.
[Information via news releases from Palmdale Regional Medical Center and Antelope Valley Hospital.]