(Pittsburg, California) – If a person crumpled to the ground near you, would you know what to do? If that person was unconscious, what would you do next?
On May 24, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, American Medical Response and Contra Costa Fire Protection District along with (AMR) operations across the country will train thousands of people to save lives through compression-only CPR. Compression-only CPR is easy to learn and has the ability to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive.
AMR Contra Costa County is looking to partner with schools, local businesses and other interested groups to teach the compression-only CPR technique, which takes less than five minutes to learn.
“While our paramedics often get to an emergency quickly, during cardiac arrest immediate action can make the difference,” said Michael Johnson, Regional Director of AMR Contra Costa County.
“Compression-only CPR can help save lives and is easy to perform. We hope that schools, businesses and other groups will take this opportunity to get trained in compression-only CPR at no cost, making our community an even safer place to live. Our primary goal is to save as many lives as possible, and we hope we can get more people excited about learning CPR by being part of a nationwide event.”
Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm. It has proven to be effective in saving lives.
To find out more about compression-only CPR and find out how your group can be part of this event, please visit www.amr.net/CPR or call (American Medical Response Contra Costa County at (888) 267- 6591.
About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.
For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net.