YFD sur­passes goal of train­ing 10,000 peo­ple in hands-only CPR

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

The City of Yuma Fire Depart­ment reached a mile­stone last month, train­ing more than 10,000 area res­i­dents in the use of hands-only CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion).

Ac­cord­ing to spokesper­son Mike Er­fert, in 2009 the fire depart­ment be­gan train­ing peo­ple in this crit­i­cal treat­ment for car­diac ar­rest and sur­passed their goal for peo­ple trained in Septem­ber.

Al­though the fire depart­ment could not spec­ify a par­tic­u­lar per­son be­ing the 10,000th per­son trained, Er­fert said they do know it took place on Septem­ber 15th dur­ing classes at Gila Vista Jr. High School.

Nearly 300 Gila Vista stu­dents took part in the six classes given that day dur­ing by Er­fert in the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pe­ri­ods.

“YFD ap­pre­ci­ates Gila Vista al­low­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to pass on this life­sav­ing in­for­ma­tion,” Er­fert said

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Red Cross, more than 350,000 car­diac ar­rests oc­cur each year in the U.S. A per­son in car­diac ar­rest has a greatly re­duced chance of sur­vival un­less a by­stander takes im­me­di­ate ac­tion un­til the paramedics ar­rive.

The heart has stopped pump­ing blood through their body and that circulation is es­sen­tial to sus­tain life.

The Univer­sity of Ari­zona’s Sarver Heart Cen- ter (where the com­pres­sion-only method was pioneered) says that for ev­ery minute a per­son in car­diac ar­rest is not get­ting CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) their chance of sur­vival drops by 10 per­cent.

Com­pres­sion-only CPR is easy to learn and easy to use. It also does not in­volve mouth-to-mouth res­cue breath­ing. Stud­ies have shown this method is not only more likely to be used, but also is more ef­fec­tive than tra­di­tional CPR.

For more in­for­ma­tion about com­pres­sion-only CPR classes or other fire and in­jury pre­ven­tion classes of­fered by YFD, con­tact its pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fice at 373-4855.

James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Facebook at www. Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

LOANED PHOTO BY/YUMA FIRE DEPART­MENT

THE CITY OF YUMA FIRE DEPART­MENT REACHED A MILE­STONE LAST MONTH, train­ing more than 10,000 area res­i­dents in the use of hands-only CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion). Al­though the fire depart­ment could not spec­ify a par­tic­u­lar per­son be­ing the 10,000th per­son trained, it does know it took place on Sept. 15 dur­ing classes at Gila Vista Ju­nior High School.

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