Posted: Jun 6, 2012 5:52 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Jun 6, 2012 5:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - National CPR week is June 3 through 9, and the American Heart Association teamed up with Pulse Education to host what they called "Sidewalk CPR" around Baton Rouge.
CPR instructors offered the training to people walking outside Whole Foods Market in Towne Center around noon today. Trainers and manniquins were set up on the patio, which is where people learned to perform CPR on adults and babies.
For many people, it was an important reminder of what to do during an emergency.
"It's very intense, and although she explained to me that when you have the adrenaline running and you're saving someone's life you'll be able to do it, I find that it's hard," said Deborah Todd.
Bystanders were taught to give CPR until help arrives. According to the American Heart Association, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander because often times they don't know what to do. There are approximately 300,000 out -of -hospital sudden cardiac arrests per year, 80 pecent of which happen at home. Experts say you will most likely perform CPR on someone you love.
The AHA says hands-only CPR has been an effective treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008. It involves two simple steps: first call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast on the center of the chest until help arrives.