Santa Clarita residents can learn CPR during a special event on Thursday, June 6 in front of the main entrance at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and at the Old Town Newhall Library. Training sessions will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at both locations. The Sidewalk CPR event teaches community members how to perform Hands-Only CPR.
Henry Mayo is putting on the demonstrations as part of Sidewalk CPR day, which is part of National CPR Week, sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
Since the event began in 2016, Henry Mayo officials have trained over 220 community members in CPR.
According to the AHA, each year more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. Hands-Only CPR is comprised of two easy steps, performed in this order: (1) Call 911 if you see someone suddenly collapse; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch a 90-second Hands-Only CPR instructional video.
For more information on the county-wide Sidewalk CPR event, contact Tamar Avakian at 661.200.1181, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Henry Mayo Newhall also offers a variety of CPR classes. For more information, please visit henrymayo.com and click on community “classes and events,” or call 661.200.1306.