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By Tammye McDuff/Staff Report
In honor of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, PIH Health recently provided a free, “hands-only,” non-certification CPR training course, at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier and PIH Hospital – Downey.
For the past four years, PIH Health’s Sidewalk CPR Day training has helped more than 375 people throughout the Los Angeles County learn how to save lives.
More than 112 attendees including staff members (clinical and non-clinical), community members and patients had the opportunity to participate in the free hands-only CPR training.
“It is our commitment to maintain and enhance the health and well-being of every member in our community,” said PIH Health Program Manager of Emergency Preparedness Carole Snyder, who was also recently appointed the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services by California Governor Brown Jr. “Sidewalk CPR Day is our way of increasing bystander response in cardiac emergencies and ultimately saving more lives in the community.”
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Hands-only CPR focuses on what to do within the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time. While emergency responders are on their way to the scene, chest compressions using hands-only CPR will provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the victim a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.
“I’m pleased to have been a part of yet another year of educating the community about the importance of hands-only CPR” says Isabel Sanchez, PIH Health CHEP, Disaster Resource Center. Sanchez is the coordinator for this important annual event and has the opportunity to witness first-hand the impact this training has on those from the community that choose to participate. “People are afraid to perform CPR. Knowing that you can help by just doing the compressions will make people more willing to jump in,” says Mike Eckenrode, community member.
PIH Health is an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center for heart attack patients who are brought into the hospital by paramedics. PIH Health is also one of 13 Disaster Resource Centers (DRC) to eight local hospitals and two clinics under Los Angeles County’s Hospital Preparedness Program. Sidewalk CPR Day was held in the Perry Pavilion lobby at the Whittier location and in the Main lobby of the Downey location.
PIH Health is a regional nonprofit healthcare delivery network that serves more than 2.1 million residents in the Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley region. For more information on CPR and AED certification classes call 562.698.0811 Ext. 81076 or email Community.Health@PIHHealth.org.