Palmdale Regional Medical Center is providing free hands-only CPR training on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The event is open to the public, and residents can come any time between 8 and 10 a.m. for the five-minute training. Videos also will be available to watch.
“Citizen CPR empowers bystanders to save a life when someone suffers a heart attack,” said Laura Benesch, Palmdale Regional Emergency Department Director. “We want to help as many people as possible learn how to give someone a greater chance of survival when a heart attack occurs.”
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.
[Information via news release from Palmdale Regional Medical Center.]