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That’s a wrap! After nearly 30 stops on the Take it to the Heart tour and countless hours throughout February, an astounding 43,490 individuals were trained or taught hands-only CPR, shattering the UofL Health goal of 35,000 people. And what a goal it was, as the training literally can mean the difference between life and death.
After all, according to the American Heart Association, approximately 359,800 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. For every minute delay in starting CPR, chances of survival decrease by 10 percent. Hands-only bystander CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique introduced in recent years in which the rescuer performs rapid, uninterrupted chest compressions involving no mouth-to-mouth contact, until the victim can receive medical attention.
The American Heart Association set a goal of doubling the rates of bystander CPR from 30 percent to 60 percent by 2020, which won’t be possible without educating the public, noted Dr. Lorrel Brown, cardiologist, University of Louisville Physicians, who helped guide the effort.
“I am thrilled with how many people were trained during the Take It to the Heart Tour, and hope that many more will continue to seek training so that our community is canvased with people who are ready and able to respond to a cardiac arrest emergency,” said Dr. Brown.
The Take it to the Heart Tour featured 27 hands-only CPR training events in 29 days, starting with an internal push to “Train the Trainer” in hands-only CPR, followed by events at UofL Health facilities across the state, lively halftime demonstrations at the University of Louisville Women’s and Men’s Basketball games, and a day at the State Capitol in Frankfort, showcasing the importance of the technique to legislators.
“Our Heart Tour is just one more way that we continue to demonstrate our mission to provide wellness, healing and hope to all,” said Ruth Brinkley, president/CEO, UofL Health. “We have provided the life-saving tools to many people in the communities we serve, so that they can understand what to do in a cardiac emergency. I want to thank our team of volunteers for making this Heart Tour so successful.”
“We as an organization are committed to training the public in hands-only CPR,” said Dr. Brown. “This campaign reached a significant number of people in our population, particularly considering that the national rate of bystander CPR training is around 2.5 percent of the population. Our community is that much safer because more bystanders have been trained in the simple but crucial life-saving technique of CPR. What’s more, our community can now serve as an example nationwide of how simple but directed efforts can actually improve rates of CPR training.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in the planning and execution of the Heart Tour! Your help was greatly appreciated.
As part of the Take it to the Heart tour, hands-only CPR training will be taking place at locations across the state starting on February 3, both at UofL Health facilities and beyond- even at a basketball clinic at Rupp Arena and U of L basketball games! Check out the full list below to see when the tour will be near you.
At the free training events, participants will watch a 60-second video and be provided with brief, targeted instructions before practicing their skills on mannequins. Trainers will coach participants on hand placement and depth of compressions, then each participant will be asked to perform 60 seconds of CPR on their own. No registration is required; participants can simply show up and be trained.
Each year, more than 420,000 emergency medical services-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States – a condition that can be caused by heart arrhythmia, electrical shock, illegal drugs or chest trauma. Studies have shown that individuals who live in areas where bystanders are more likely to start CPR have a better chance of survival.
Understanding the importance of CPR following cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association set a goal to raise the rate of bystander CPR from the current national average of 31 percent to 60 percent by the year 2020.
Hands-only bystander CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique introduced in recent years in which the rescuer performs rapid, uninterrupted chest compressions involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has seen a teen or adult suddenly collapse. Not only is it easier for the public to learn and remember, but research shows bystanders are more likely to act when they don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth.
If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.