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Free CPR Classes June 6 and June 8, 2013

June 04, 2013

The Central Virginia CPR Council (CVCPRC) is once again offering free Hands-Only cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes during National CPR Week in June. All who wish to attend these 30-minute, non-certification classes are welcome. There is no need to call ahead to reserve a spot. Just show up at one of the following locations where classes will begin every half hour.

Thursday, June 6
Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC)
5403 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23226
Classes offered from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 8
West Creek Emergency Center
12720 Tuckahoe Creek Court
Richmond, VA 23238
Classes offered from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CPR is an invaluable skill and knowing how to administer it could mean the difference between life and death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 380,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States and 88 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home. Simply put, the life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.

“Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age at any time,” said Shannon Daniel, chair of the Central Virginia CPR Council and QA/QI manager - operations for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “From 2009 through the end of 2012, there were 799 cardiac arrests in the city of Richmond alone and the victims’ ages ranged from 1 - 100. No one can assume cardiac arrest will not happen to someone they love, and it takes less than half an hour to learn this skill. Everyone should take 30 minutes to learn to save a life!”

Many victims of cardiac arrest appear healthy with no known risk of heart disease, and fast and effective bystander CPR can double or triple the chance of survival in situations like this. Unfortunately, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, according to the AHA statistics, because they either do not know how to perform CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.

“Anyone who has never had CPR training should attend one of our June events and even those who have had CPR training in years past would benefit from a refresher course,” continued Daniel.

Here in Virginia, awareness of the importance of CPR has hit a new high. In this year’s General Assembly session, the House and Senate passed bills commonly known as Gwyneth’s Law. The legislation was prompted by the death of 13-year-old Gwyneth Griffin who suffered cardiac arrest at her school in Stafford and received no CPR for almost 10 minutes until her father, who happened to be at the school that day, arrived by her side. This legislation, which has been signed by Governor McDonnell and becomes law July 1, will make CPR training a graduation requirement for students, starting with ninth graders in the 2016-2017 school year. The law will also require teachers to be trained in CPR and emergency first aid.

For more information about the Great Days of CPR and additional CPR training courses that will be offered throughout the year, visit www.vacpr.org or call (804) 254-1147. To see AHA’s 60-second CPR demo, visit www.handsonlycpr.org.

About the Central Virginia CPR Council
The formation of the Central Virginia CPR Council was spearheaded by the Richmond Ambulance Authority in 2011 and is comprised of representatives from the
Richmond Ambulance Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, American Heart Association, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, Goochland Fire & EMS, Hanover Fire & EMS, HCA Virginia Health System, Health Educators, Inc., Henrico Fire & EMS, Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Technical Center and VCU Health System.