"Sidewalk CPR" walks you through lifesaving lesson
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - County officials, firefighters and other volunteers fanned out across the San Diego region Thursday to teach members of the public what to do if they become bystanders as someone nearby collapses from cardiac arrest.
County officials said that about a quarter of those who suffer a heart attack at home, work or in public receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from someone nearby. The county Health and Human Services Agency and more than 20 other agencies will work to increase that number by hosting "Sidewalk CPR" training classes at more than 30 locations throughout the region.
The classes on hands-only CPR were offered as part of National CPR Awareness Week. The American Heart Association now recommends a CPR procedure without using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"Hands-only CPR is safe and effective and it only takes about five minutes to learn," county Public health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said.
More than 1,500 county residents die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, authorities said.
During last year's Sidewalk CPR classes, nearly 2,600 people were trained to do hands-only CPR. Officials with Heartland Fire & Rescue said this year's goal was to train 3,500 Southern California residents.