Friday, May 26, 2017

Clackamas Fire, AMR, Cascade Training hosts free CPR training for CPR and AED Awareness Week


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: May 26th, 2017 4:21 PM
In honor of CPR and AED Awareness Week, Clackamas Fire District #1 in collaboration with American Medical Response (AMR), Cascade Training, and the Clackamas Town Center Mall is hosting free community CPR demonstrations and training. Presentations will be in front of Macy's from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 3. Shoppers are invited to participate -- it only takes minutes to learn how to do hands-only CPR and how to properly use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, raises awareness through the public in how lives can be saved if more Americans knew CPR and how to use an AED. When CPR is performed by a bystander, there are only two steps to save a life: 1. Call 911 and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Cardiac arrest is more common than you think and can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease. More than 350,000 Americans experience a sudden cardiac arrest annually. Of those treated by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) nationally, only one in 10 survive. When a bystander performs CPR, the odds of the victim surviving cardiac arrest can triple. CPR is a temporary measure until EMS personnel arrive and use a defibrillator or other advanced treatments to restart the heart. The interval between the 911 call and EMS arrival can often be longer than five minutes. A victim's survival is crucial and often dependent on someone trained in "bystander" CPR.

Anyone can learn CPR -- and everyone should. If you see an unresponsive teen or adult suddenly collapse or is unresponsive, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest until EMS arrives. Be sure to visit our training and demonstrations for National CPR and AED Awareness Week outside of Macy's.
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