Hands-Only CPR event trains 300 in life-saving skill

More than 300 members of the community attended the inaugural Hands-Only CPR mass training event, sponsored by Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, held on Feb. 4 at the Giant Center. Participants of all ages were enthusiastically engaged in learning this life-saving skill, how to use an AED, how to save a choking victim, and how to perform infant CPR. Exhibitors provided related health, wellness and fitness displays, and blood pressure screenings. Children had the opportunity to practice the steps of placing a simulated 9-1-1 call and to interact with the Nittany Lion mascot and CoCo from the Hershey Bears. Tours of the Life Lion aircraft/vehicles were available.

The event was provided through a partnership with Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, Life Lion, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, The Hershey Company, Hershey Trust Company, and the M.S. Hershey Foundation.

About 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home, not in the hospital. Anyone can, and should learn CPR so they know how to respond if a family member should ever collapse and need help. Monthly HeartSaver classes are now held at the University Conference Center on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus.

Upcoming sessions will be on March 14, April 4 and April 14. Call the Care Line at 1-800-243-1455 to register.

 

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Last Updated March 07, 2012