Take 15 minutes to save a life

Fifteen minutes on Sunday, May 3, could save a life. That’s how long it takes to learn Hands-Only CPR. A free, tri-town community-wide Hands-Only CPR and AED training event will take place at the Westport YMCA from 10 to 4. It is open to all ages and no pre-registration is required.
Sudden cardiac death is the largest cause of natural death in the U.S. and is responsible for half of all heart disease deaths. Administering hands-only CPR helps maintain blood flow to vital organs until emergency medical personnel arrive, and, therefore, increases the chance of survival.
“When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, it is critical that instead of simply waiting for help to arrive, that you become the help. Intervention in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest is the only way to increase the victim’s chance of survival,” said Nancy Capelle, chairperson of Hands For Life Westport Weston Wilton 2015.
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths, and is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse. It has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR (with breaths) in the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
The organization’s goal is to train 2,000 people in six hours. Three training “pods” will be set up with three stations. About 10 people will enter a pod together.  At the first station, they will receive an overview and brief, general instructions on CHECK, CALL, COMPRESS; moving to the second station, they will practice compressions under supervision and perform Hands-Only CPR on mannequins; moving to the third station, they receive an AED awareness orientation. Once done, people will exit the pod, fill out an exit survey and receive a take-away card with step-by-step instructions of what they have just learned.
“Hands For Life Westport Weston Wilton 2015” is sponsored by Norwalk Hospital, in collaboration with the Westport Weston Wilton Medical Reserve Corps, Westport, Weston and Wilton EMS, Westport Family YMCA, Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and CERT.
Information: Nancy Capelle at 203-216-1509.