Free ‘hands-only’ training
Palmdale Regional Medical Center will provide free hands-only CPR training on “Sidewalk CPR Day,” Monday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the hospital’s front main lobby.
Local residents are encouraged to attend this free training to learn how to save a life. Videos also will be available to watch.
“Citizen CPR empowers bystanders to save a life when someone suffers a heart attack,” said Chrissy Geiser, program manager of Learning and Development at Palmdale Regional. “We love to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. 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.
Once trained, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR. To learn more, visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at www.pulsepoint.org.
For more information about this upcoming training, contact Palmdale Regional’s Education Department at (661) 382-5604.