LAKEWOOD, Calif., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lakewood Regional Medical Center will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, June 5, at Lakewood Center Mall in the main center court starting at 11:00 am until 2:00 pm as one of over 80 sites across Los Angeles County. Last year, more than 7,000 people learned how to save a life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals. This year, the goal is to train at least 10,000 more.
"Thanks to easy access to training, Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest," says Patrick Houston, Community Relations Manager. "We are glad to help the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrest occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one's chance of survival."
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.
Currently in Los Angeles County, less than three percent of the nearly 383,000 sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency – be a lifesaver!
SOURCE Lakewood Regional Medical Center