Monday, February 18, 2019
BJSPH, PWH | According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an overwhelming number of Americans would feel helpless if someone near them in a mall, grocery store or other public venue were to collapse following a sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, the AHA reports that 70 percent of Americans wouldn’t know what to do in this situation.
On Feb. 23, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital employees, along with paramedics from the St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD), will celebrate American Heart Month with Lifesaver CPR at Mid Rivers Mall.
The free, family-friendly training event is aimed at helping individuals throughout the metro area learn the skills needed to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking. Training will be offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.
“The common denominator in virtually all successful cardiac arrest resuscitations is good-quality CPR prior to paramedics’ arrival,” says SCCAD deputy chief medical director John Romeo. “Bystanders are a vital link in the chain of survival, and our goal with Lifesaver CPR is to give residents of our community the knowledge and confidence to intervene during a cardiac emergency.”
Those who participate will have an opportunity to use the latest in CPR training technology. For example, the manikins that will be used have embedded lights to visually simulate blood flow to the brain when compressions are performed correctly.
Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend the training. Although young children might not have the strength to perform chest compressions, they’ll learn the proper rate, rhythm and technique that they could pass along to another rescuer in the event of an emergency.
Also at the event, BJC team members will give attendees a chance to use the “Know Your Numbers” kiosk, a unique device designed to measure blood pressure, body mass index and pulse rate. BJC nurses will be on hand to check total cholesterol and blood glucose, two other key metrics that play a key role in cardiac health.
“One in every four deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease,” says Yvette Frazier, RN, BJSPH cardiac catheterization lab supervisor. “By monitoring your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI, we can get an overall picture of your heart’s health and determine what steps are needed to lessen your risk of heart disease.”
This event marks the third time BJC and SCCAD have come together at Mid Rivers Mall. Last year’s event drew more than 300 individuals from around the metro area to learn important life-saving skills and/or participate in one or more of the provided health screenings.
Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mid Rivers Mall
Learn the skills needed to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking.
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