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Learn CPR this 4th of July

Fire department to offer free 15-minute sessions at Douglas library

Posted: July 2, 2013 - 3:28pm  |  Updated: July 3, 2013 - 12:14am

The fire department will be offering free CPR lessons to the public on July 4th in hopes that more Juneau residents will be able to aid someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.

Capital City Fire/Rescue EMS Training Officer Sandi Kelly says many Americans may not act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or their training has significantly lapsed.

Kelly cited American Heart Association statistics that show only 40 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander, yet prompt CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

“As a citizen, if you are able to begin bystander (Hands-Only CPR) and keep it going until the Emergency Response Crew arrive, you will double and potentially triple that person’s chance of survival,” Kelly said in an information release. “The Hands-Only CPR coupled with the use of an Automated External Defibrillator or AED may significantly increase survival rates upwards of 70 percent to 80 percent.”

Kelly says that statistics show 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home, which she says could mean that “the life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.”

CCFR will be teaching the Hands-Only CPR class every 15 minutes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at the Douglas library conference room. For more information, contact CCFR at 586-5322, or watch the one-minute video demonstrating Hands-Only CPR at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.

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