CPR Blitz Hopes to Train 150 in Life Saving Skills
NEW BERN, NC –  CarolinaEast Health System and The American Heart Association are once again partnering to offer the latest in life-saving community education. CPR Anytime for Family and Friends is a concise, 22-minute, hands-on training tool designed to teach participants how to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This special CPR Blitz training program will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at CarolinaEast Medical Center.            
   “Any CPR is better than no CPR in the case of a cardiac emergency,” explained Megan McGarvey, CarolinaEast Health System Spokesperson. “According to the American Heart Association, 80% of all cardiac arrests occur in the home. Sadly, because most victims do not receive some form of CPR immediately, very few survive,” she added.            
   The CPR Anytime for Family and Friends program teaches the basic, core skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, enough to double a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.            
   “The program is fast, fun and full of life-saving knowledge,” said McGarvey. “It only takes 22 minutes to learn how to save the life of a family member, friend, co-worker or a complete stranger,” she stressed.            
   During the 22-minute training session, participants watch a DVD demonstration and practice the lifesaving skills detailed on the DVD. The importance of identifying a person in distress, calling 911, and checking for signs of circulation are all taught in addition to chest compressions and rescue breathing. Certified CPR Instructors are standing by to assist if needed.            
    All in only 22 minutes.   
   “The American Heart Association is providing us with the training kits which include CPR manikins for this program,” explained McGarvey. “What is so unique about this approach to life saving education is that participants get to take the manikin and DVD home with them so they can teach someone else how to save a life. The goal of the American Heart Association is to ultimately teach at least 20 million people how to save a life with this program,” she added.            
   Space is limited to 40 people per session, with sessions beginning on the hour. Therefore, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To schedule 22 minutes to save a life, call 252-633-8099, on Tuesday, November 2nd  and Wednesday, November 3rd  between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Individuals 12 years of age and older are encouraged to attend.            
   “We have had a number of boy and girl scout troops participate in the past. It is a great opportunity for any youth group,” said McGarvey.            
   This very special event is being held in memory of Joseph Hageman, RN, a long-time employee of CarolinaEast who fell victim to cardiac arrest. “To honor Joe’s memory, our Education Department employees are volunteering their time to serve as instructors for this special day. We hope everyone will take just a few minutes to learn how to save a life,” said McGarvey.            
   This event is being offered free-of-charge as a community service of CarolinaEast Health System and the American Heart Association.            
    For more information, call 252-633-8154.