FRAMINGHAM – Last year, more than 200 individuals learned life-saving compression-only CPR from American Medical Response (AMR) technicians and Framingham Firefighters at the Stop & Shop in Framingham. The free lessons were part of AMR’s 2017 World CPR Challenge.
This year’s World CPR challenge is Thursday, May 24, and AMR, who has held the Framingham’s ambulance service for decades, will be offering the free service again.
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. AMR and firefighters will be at Stop & Shop at 19 Temple Street teaching the comprssion-only CPR.
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, explained AMR.
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.
Since kicking off the annual World CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR rates double from 21 to 41 percent.
Petroni Media Company photo from last year’s event in Framingham