Hospital to Host Community CPR Day Saturday

2/13/2012

                Sudden cardiac arrest claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year with almost 80 percent of cardiac arrests occurring at home.  Bystanders who haven’t been professionally trained in CPR may be too afraid or unsure of themselves to help. Ninety-two percent of victims don’t survive; sometimes because people around them don’t begin CPR. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Every second counts, as every minute that passes without CPR being administered reduces the chance of survival by 10 percent.

              The American Heart Association now recommends Hands Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults who suddenly collapse. Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths and is for people who have never been trained in CPR.  Anyone can learn it – and everyone should. If you are a healthcare provider or have been certified in conventional CPR then you should proceed as trained.
             February is American Heart Month and Northern Hospital is celebrating by hosting a free Community CPR Day at Mayberry Mall on Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. Certified CPR instructors from Northern Hospital will be on-hand to demonstrate Hands-Only CPR and will give folks a chance to practice. There will be an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on-hand for demonstration as well. It takes less than 30 minute to learn Hands-Only CPR and it just might save someone’s life.
             Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community from infant to geriatric care. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit www.northernhospital.com.

 

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