Turlock, CA— At the Stanislaus County Fair, you can try your hand at carnival games, eat food on a stick, ride the rides and stroll through the exhibits. And this year, at the Emanuel Medical Center booth, you can learn in 10 minutes or less how to help save a life.
Emanuel is partnering with the Stanislaus Heart Rescue Project and American Medical Response to teach compression-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, on Saturday, July 13, which is Emanuel Medical Center Day at the Fair. Seniors 65 and better are admitted free that day, compliments of Emanuel.
“With compression-only CPR, you only perform chest compressions and don’t breathe into the person’s lungs,” explained Michael Corbin, the clinical education manager at American Medical Response. “For someone who has had sudden cardiac arrest, it’s all you need to do, and we can teach compression-only CPR in 10 minutes.”
Every year, more than 400,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest, and more than 90 percent of them die. The goal of the Heart Rescue Project is to cut the death rate by half.
“Compression-only CPR, which we also call bystander CPR, can save lives,” Corbin said. “As fair-goers will learn at the Emanuel booth, the keys are to recognize that someone has gone into cardiac arrest, call 911 immediately, then perform compression-only CPR. If there is an automated external defibrillator available, use that next, or just keep performing compressions until help arrives.”
Pennie Rorex, Emanuel’s assistant vice president for corporate communications and marketing, said “Everyone who completes the CPR training will receive a gift to acknowledge their accomplishment.”
“Certified CPR instructors will be in the booth all day and night on July 13, so people can just stop by and in 10 minutes they’ll know how to help save a life,” she said. “In addition, visitors can spin the wheel and in doing so, answer a true or false question about heart health. Every spinner wins something as well.”
Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services, surgery, and hospice services.
For more information, to search for a doctor by specialty or location, or for an online symptom-checker, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.