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Heart month challenge: Learn how to save a life in under an hour

Hands-Only CPR increases chance of survival in cardiac arrest

No matter how many paramedics and EMT’s are on duty, bystanders are always the first to arrive on scene. These first responders can have the biggest impact on preventing serious injury or death. Learning a few basic, but extremely important skills can be the difference between life and death

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. If a person suffers a cardiac arrest, chest compressions need to be performed as soon as possible.  Without adequate circulation, most victims have only 4-6 minutes to survive. Chest compressions and the use of an automatic emergency defibrillator (AED) are proven to provide the greatest level of survivability

“February is American Heart Month, which draws attention to heart health.” said Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “Learning how to do this type of CPR could give more people a second chance at life."

Bystanders also play an important role in saving a life when there are bleeding injuries. Each year more than half a million people bleed to death following traffic accidents, slips, falls, and other severe trauma. If someone is suffering uncontrolled bleeding, they can die within 5 minutes unless direct pressure and a tourniquet are correctly applied as soon as possible.

It’s easy to become a lifesaver. Scottsdale Fire Department can teach these invaluable skills in less than an hour.

To get information about scheduling a class for your group, company or organization, visit “Hands-Only CPR.”  No certification cards are issued at these presentations.

For a listing of additional CPR, First Aid and Babysitter certification courses, visit “Certification Classes.”



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