Save a Life, the Great CPR Blitz 2011

Saturday, February 5th, emergency medical personal and health educators from throughout the Yakima Valley are coming together for the second annual, community-wide CPR training event. The goal is to teach 1000 members of our Central Washington community the basics of the new updated cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), so they can be prepared if someone close to them suffers a sudden heart attack.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
Yakima Convention Center
10 N. 8th Street, Yakima
Hourly sessions at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and a Spanish language training at 11 a.m.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), over 80% of heart attacks occur in the home. As many as 138,000 coronary heart disease deaths occur within one hour of symptoms beginning. The AHA notes that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or nearly triple a victim’s chance of survival. Other statistics from the AHA include:

• Each year an estimated 295,000 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
• About 60 percent of unexpected cardiac deaths are treated by EMS.
• On average, 31.4 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Each participant (or family) pledging to take this education and train at least five other individuals will receive a free, American Heart Association CPR Anytime Kit including a personal Mini CPR Manikin, CPR Anytime Skills Practice DVD, and a CPR for Family and Friends resource booklet.

Last year over 850 individuals attended this event and nearly 600 CPR Anytime kits were dispersed out into the community. People can learn more about the program at, or by calling 509-574-5990.

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