Cape Girardeau Co. Ambulance Service launches CPR campaign | Events
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Cape County Private Ambulance Service recently launched HeartHands, a public awareness campaign urging the training and use of compression-only CPR.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and 92 percent of victims die before reaching the hospital,” said Dr. John Russell, President of Cape County Private Ambulance. “Their chance of survival can be doubled or even tripled with the help of public bystanders prior to EMS arriving.”
Many people feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to perform conventional CPR; however, compression-only CPR involves no mouth-to-mouth contact, but rather 100 forceful chest compressions per minute. It has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for SCA. The HeartHands approach is a simple three-step process:
- Shake - Shake the person vigorously to check for responsiveness.
- Call - If unresponsive, call 911 or 573-335-3305 for help. Call for an AED.
- Press - Begin chest compressions to the beat of “Row Row Row Your Boat.” Do not stop until EMS help arrives. Use AED if available.
“Given that 80 percent of SCA events occur in the home, we want to empower people to give victims the best possible chance of survival, that begins with them,” said Darick Day, Field Supervisor at Cape County Private Ambulance. “We are making HeartHands presentations available to public, you might have seen us recently at the fair. Anyone can contact us about scheduling a private presentation for their business, school or community organization.”
Presentations are free and can be scheduled by contacting Darick Day at 573-335-2191.
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