FRAMINGHAM – Last Friday, several shoppers learned life-saving compression-only CPR from American Medical Response (AMR) technicians and Framingham Firefighters at the Stop & Shop on Temple Street.
AMR has had the Town of Framingham’s ambulance service for decades.
Annually, more than 350,000 Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
When bystanders perform CPR until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews arrive, they can triple a sudden cardiac arrest victims’ chance of survival, said AMR.
In compression-only CPR, hard, fast and rhythmic chest compressions allow oxygenated blood to flow through the body, keeping the brain and other essential organs alive until first responders arrive and can restart the heart.
Individuals were taught three steps.
- Have someone (or if no one around yourself) call 911
- Start Compression-Only CPR. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. The recommendation is to the BeeGees song Stayin’ Alive.
- Send someone to find an AED.
The free lessons were part of AMR’s 2017 World CPR Challenge.
The challenge has AMR employees teaching the public how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and perform compression-only CPR.
Technicians from AMR taught adult and infant compression-only CPR.
Since kicking off the annual World CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR rates double from 21 to 41 percent.
This year, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American College of Emergency Physicians joined the nationwide initiative to train 1 million people in bystander CPR.
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