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KentuckyOne Health to Offer Free Hands-Only CPR Training at the Capitol
as Part of Statewide Effort to Train 35,000 Kentuckians
Cardiologist to demonstrate hands-only CPR to Senate Health and Welfare Committee
The refrain of the song “Stayin’ Alive” will play in the State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when the KentuckyOne Health “Take it to the Heart Tour” showcases the importance of hands-only CPR – a lifesaving technique designed to save those who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Individuals can be trained in hands-only CPR in as little as five minutes, and are taught to perform the technique to the famed disco song because it is the appropriate beat for hands-only CPR.
KentuckyOne Health’s hands-only CPR training will take place from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Trainers will coach participants using mannequins, teaching correct hand placement and depth of compressions. Additionally, Lorrel Brown, MD, cardiologist with University of Louisville Physicians, will showcase hands-only CPR during a meeting of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee at the State Capitol between 10 a.m. and noon. The events are part of a KentuckyOne Health statewide initiative to train 35,000 Kentuckians in hands-only CPR during February’s American Heart Month.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine found that individuals who live in areas where bystanders are more likely to start CPR have a better chance of survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Not only is hands-only CPR easier for the public to learn and remember, but research shows bystanders are more likely to act when they don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth.
WHAT: Free hands-only CPR training at the State Capitol followed by a hands-only CPR presentation to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Hands-only CPR training: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Presentation to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee by Dr. Lorrel Brown: 10 a.m. – noon
Conference Room 131
702 Capital Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601
• Interview with Lorrel Brown, MD, cardiologist, UofL Physicians
• Photo/video of hands-only CPR training
• Interviews with training participants (per request)
MORE: For more information and training locations, visit KentuckyOneHealth.org/HeartTour.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The American Heart Association’s 60-second hands-only CPR training video is available at heart.org/handsonlyCPR.