National CPR and AED Week kicks off June 1. The recognition week is marked each year, June 1-7. The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) will conduct hands-only CPR demonstrations around Reno and Sparks throughout the week to raise awareness about how to properly and quickly respond to sudden cardiac arrest. At event locations, community members will be asked if they know how the steps to take when to respond to sudden cardiac arrest and will then be taught how to effectively administer hands-only CPR.
“Each year over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital in the U.S.,” said Alma Marin, public education coordinator at REMSA. “Only 46 percent of people who have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital receive CPR. CPR, started in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple the person’s chance of survival.”
REMSA has partnered with local businesses during the week where they will conduct the Sidewalk CPR trainings. The week’s training calendar is as follows:
REMSA will have manikins and educators to teach participants how to properly conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using only their hands in case of an emergency. The CPR training is not an official certification course but is instead an awareness course that will lead to saving more lives in the region.
“Bystanders can begin Hands-Only CPR to keep oxygenated blood circulating to the brain and vital organs until EMS Providers arrive,” said Marin. “We give people in our community hands-on practice during Hands-Only CPR events so they can feel confident doing during an emergency.”
For more information or questions, contact REMSA at (775) 353-0772.