CPR and AED Awareness

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Published on May 29, 2019

CPR and AED Awareness: Learn How You Can Help

Photo of a group learning CPR

Photo of a group learning CPREach June, extra attention is brought to CPR and AED training, but the fact of the matter is training is needed all year.

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, which is an emergency lifesaving procedure that is performed when the heart stops beating. According to the American Heart Association, immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.

AED is the abbreviation of Automated External Defibrillators. AEDs can substantially increase survival of someone who is in cardiac arrest. An AED is a medical device that analyzes the rhythm of the heart and can deliver an electric shock to help the heart get back on track. These devices are often stored and available in public places.

What You Can Do

As a Good Samaritan you too can help save a life one day if you are trained ahead of time. Picture yourself out and about at the grocery store or park and suddenly someone collapses—it could be your loved one or a stranger. If you know CPR, you could immediately help this person until emergency personnel arrive.

Where to Get Certified Training

Many cities offer CPR certification training for a nominal fee as does the American Red Cross.

Free, Upcoming Training (Non-Certified)

PIH Health will provide a free, hands-only (non-certification course) CPR training to help increase bystander awareness. Sidewalk CPR Day (Hands-only CPR) will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the following locations:

PIH Health Whittier Hospital
12401 Washington Boulevard, Whittier, CA 90602
Main Lobby

PIH Health Downey Hospital
11500 Brookshire Avenue, Downey, CA 90241
Outpatient Surgery Entrance

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Hands-only CPR focuses on what to do within the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time. While emergency responders are on their way to the scene, chest compressions using hands-only CPR will provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the victim a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.

“We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the health and well-being of every member in our community,” said PIH Health program manager of Emergency Preparedness Carole Snyder, who also serves on the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services. “Making sidewalk CPR Day training available to the public is one way of increasing bystander response in cardiac emergencies and ultimately saving more lives in the community.”

PIH Health is an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center for heart attack patients who are brought into the hospital by paramedics. PIH Health is also one of 13 Disaster Resource Centers (DRC) to eight local hospitals and two clinics under Los Angeles County’s Hospital Preparedness Program.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.