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Free CPR Training To Be Offered on May 22 to Businesses, Schools, Public Across the Nation By American Medical Response
Training being offered at professional baseball games, fitness centers, schools, shopping malls across the nation to make communities even safer
Greenwood Village, Colo., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On May 22, in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, American Medical Response (AMR) operations across the country will train thousands of people to save lives through chest compression-only CPR. Various sites have been selected including the Texas Rangers home game vs Oakland A’s, fitness centers, malls, schools and various other locations.
Compression-only CPR takes less than two minutes to learn and can drastically improve the chances of survival of a person suffering from cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep life-saving blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm. It does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and has been found to be effective in saving lives.
“While our first responders often get to an emergency within minutes, cardiac arrest requires immediate action. This is how bystander-CPR can make the difference,” said Edward M. Racht, MD, AMR’s Chief Medical Officer. “Our local operations have been reaching out to schools, businesses and other groups across the country to invite them to take this opportunity to learn compression-only CPR at no cost, making their communities even safer.”
AMR professionals, who provide EMS services in more than 2,100 communities nationwide, see the impact of immediate CPR on patients every day. To find out more about compression-only CPR and find out how your group can be part of this event, please visit www.worldcprchallenge.com.
American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals, with a fleet of 4,100 vehicles, transport more than three million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Emergency Medical Services Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.