If a person crumpled to the ground near you, would you know what to do? If you had to save the life of a loved one, would you know how?
On May 22, American Medical Response (AMR) operations across the nation will train thousands of people to save lives through chest compression-only CPR. There will be no charge for the training.
Compression-only CPR is the current version of the decades-old lifesaving technique. Rescuers no longer breathe into the victim's mouth and nose. Instead, the rescuer presses on the victim's chest hard and fast to keep the oxygen in the patient's blood flowing through the body.
In central Mississippi, AMR will offer the training from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. at
To learn more about the local training, call AMR at 601-368-2301.
AMR's national project is called "The World CPR Challenge." AMR spokesman Jim Pollard said AMR aims to set a new world record for number of people trained in CPR in one day. To learn more about compression-only CPR, visit www.worldcprchallenge.com.
Pollard said, "You do not have to register in advance. Just show up and get trained. The current method of CPR can be learned in less than five minutes."
Stan Alford, AMR operations manager, said, "While first responders can get to an emergency quickly, every second is critical when the heart stops working. That's why CPR from family members or bystanders is so vital. We encourage schools, businesses and other groups to take this opportunity to learn compression-only CPR at no cost, making our communities even safer.
Come on out and be part of a world-record event."
Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America's
leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in thirteen
Mississippi counties, 42 states and
the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other
professionals, with a fleet of 4,100 vehicles, transport more than three million
patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency
situations. AMR has served central Mississippi since 1991.
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