HOUSTON (FOX 26)
When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every second counts and their survival depends on getting immediate CPR from someone nearby. Approximately 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting die.
If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim. 70 percent of people in the U.S. feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. To help offset this staggering statistic, the American Heart Association and DICET are working together to teach Houston-area residents ages 12 and older how to administer hands-only CPR during the 2016 'Save a Life' training event at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston on Saturday, Oct. 1. Four sessions will be available, in English and Spanish, at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Free parking will be available for the event.
"This is the third year in a row that we've partnered with American Heart Association on 'Save a Life' and together have trained hundreds of potential new life savers," said Miguel Quiñones, M.D., of Houston Methodist Hospital.
Event participants will learn the skills required to react to cardiac emergencies with brief interactive simulations and use of the American Heart Association CPR Anytime® kit, The kits contain everything needed to learn basic CPR skills and participants will take the kit home for free once they complete the training.
Hands-only CPR training does not require certification. The 'Save a Life' training will help people be able to give victims of sudden cardiac arrest the immediate help they need to survive until first responders arrive.