Tappahannock, VA – If you ask community EMS members, they'll tell you that few bystanders attempt to perform CPR while waiting for help to arrive. This delay in life saving measures can have a devastating effect. Performing CPR really can be a matter of life or death.

That's why Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is challenging the community to become involved in this issue. While all clinical staff in Riverside facilities maintain CPR certification, the 68 non-clinical staff members and 49 volunteers at RTH are not required to do so.  As a commitment to the community, these groups are now getting training to provide bystander CPR in the community. During April and May, non-clinical staff and hospital volunteers are gaining lifesaving skills using a simpler "hands-only" approach to CPR and they are challenging others to do the same.

We're creating over 100 more lifesavers for the community and we're urging other businesses and organizations to join in," said Liz Martin, VP and Administrator for Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year. What's startling is that 89% die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone at the scene. And when begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival.

The AHA created Family and Friends CPR Anytime to change these outcomes by increasing the number of trained bystanders to 20 million nationwide and build bystander confidence in performing CPR. The course, which can be completed in about 30 minutes, focuses on Hands-OnlyCPR skills for saving adults or teens.  The training DVD also includes child CPR, adult and child choking, and an AED (automatic external defibrillator) demonstration. It can be led by anyone-community member, family member or friend-- who wishes to pass on lifesaving

Published: April 29, 2013