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Hands-only CPR to be taught in New Canaan

Published 10:52 am, Thursday, February 28, 2013
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The New Canaan YMCA and New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting Hands For Life New Canaan on Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Y.

The program is free hands-only CPR and AED training that is open to all members of the community.

Each year 785,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. Nearly 300,000 of these victims will suffer sudden cardiac arrest at the time of their heart attack, outside a hospital setting, and only one in four will receive CPR from a bystander.

Experts agree that if more people knew how to provide effective, simple-to-apply hands-only CPR, more victims could be helped instantly, doubling or even tripling their chances of survival. The goal of Hands for Life New Canaan is to provide as many community members as possible with the confidence and skills to act when they see someone suffering from cardiac arrest, making our community safer for all.

Hands-only CPR is without mouth-to-mouth breaths. These easy-to-administer chest compressions during CPR generate a small but critical amount of blood flow to vital organs such as the brain and heart until help arrives.

Trainings at Hands For Life New Canaan will take 15 minutes and no advance registration is required. For information, visit www.handsforlifenewcanaan.com.