Sessions will be held every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in the Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building, 505 S. Hancock St.
The training is free and open to the public and to UofL students, faculty and staff. All UofL Health clinical staff receive CPR training during their education, but they can participate in these sessions as refresher training, and the sessions also are open to all non-clinical staff as well.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
Survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest can depend on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Although about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.