Hands-Only CPR Events Scheduled

May 30, 2017

Hands-Only CPR — Anyone can do it. Everyone should!

Starr Regional Medical Center is blitzing the community to provide opportunities to learn Hands-Only CPR. You may wonder why this is such an important cause. Your Life is why! In just a few minutes, you can learn the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR.

Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

Starr Regional Medical Center is requesting your help addressing this health concern that impacts our entire community. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 911; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.

June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Starr Regional is pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking members within our community to please take a few minutes of your day to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR. Starr Regional Medical Center is teaming up with the community providing free Hands-Only CPR and AED awareness at the following locations:

  • June 1 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am Eastanallee Baptist Church Silver Stars
  • June 1 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Rotary Club at Michaels in Etowah
  • June 2 at 11:30 am -1:30 pm Etowah Depot
  • June 3 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am First Church of God of Englewood exercise group
  • June 5 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SRMC of Starr-Athens Conference Room
  • June 6 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm SRMC of Starr-Athens Physicians Dining Room
  • June 7 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am UT Extension Office 4H summer skills camp

If you would like to sign up for the free classes June 2, 5 or June 6 or interested in becoming certified in BLS CPR, Heartsaver CPR or Heartsaver CPR & First Aid you may reach Melody Anderson, LPN, at Starr Regional Medical Center at 423-744-3151.