The American Heart Association says doing hands-only CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. A mobile training session was held Wednesday outside the Southern Park Mall in Boardman to teach people the life-saving technique.
The lessons were set up outside with more of a dance atmosphere than just classroom type instruction. The song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees could be heard as the lessons were taught. That particular song was chosen for the instruction because the beat of the music is the perfect rate at which someone should do chest compressions on a patient.
“Statistically, 360,000 people will suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital this year, and 90 percent of those people will die because they didn’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene,” said Kelly Martyn, CPR Mobile Tour.
The next stop for the CPR Mobile Tour will be June 22 at the United Auto Workers 1112 Union Hall, 11471 Reuther Dr., North Jackson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public. To register, log onto www.heart.org/cprtouroh.
The nationwide CPR Mobile Tour is part a nationwide three-year program sponsored by a $4.5 million grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.