Free Citizen CPR Training Opportunity

Citizen CPR training, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, will take place this Saturday and will afford many opportunities for great live footage of attendees learning life-saving skills.When cardiac arrest occurs, the chances of survival increase drastically with speedy medical assistance. But emergency first responders take time to get to the scene and only about three percent of the population is trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).Current research shows that continuous compression-only CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained or unwilling to perform full CPR.The Red Cross has developed a new course, called Citizen CPR, to help increase the number of trained individuals in our communities. Citizen CPR teaches a hands-only technique—no rescue breaths are administered—that maintains blood circulation and has the potential to prolong survival until medical help arrives.“Citizen CPR is a way to get people trained who might not have the time or resources for a full-blown CPR course,” said John Buttrill, CEO of the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes NY Region. “In addition, some people just don’t feel comfortable providing rescue breaths; Citizen CPR is a hands-only alternative.”The Finger Lakes NY Region of the American Red Cross has set a goal to train 1,000 people across the region in Citizen CPR. They have teamed up with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to attempt to meet that goal in one day.“Citizen CPR is a practical, pragmatic way to help someone who is in cardiac arrest until more medical help arrives,” said Carl M. Devore, M.D, associate medical director for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “We are encouraging people throughout the Rochester area to take this training and increase their awareness of this public health issue.Individuals can visit rochesterredcross.org/cprsaturday to register for Citizen CPR, which will take place on Saturday, September 24. The first 1,000 individuals will be accepted for the training, which is free due to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s generous sponsorship. Courses will be offered in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates Counties at the following locations:RochesterAmerican Red Cross, 50 Prince Street, Rochester NY 146078:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.Livingston CountyHampton Corners County Highway Department, 4389 Gypsy Lane, Mount Morris NY 145108:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. Ontario CountyAmerican Red Cross West Ontario Office, 5297 Parkside Drive, Suite 301,Canandaigua NY 144248:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.Geneva Recreation Center, 666 Exchange Street, Geneva NY 144569:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.Richmond Town Hall, Route 20A, Honeoye NY 1447110:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.Seneca CountyAmerican Red Cross in the Finger Lakes, 83 West Bayard Street, Seneca Falls NY 131489:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.Wayne CountyAmerican Red Cross, 200 S. Main, Newark NY 145138:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.Palmyra Community Center, 424 Stafford Street, Palmyra NY 145228:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. Yates CountyBranchport-Keuka Park Fire Department, 3686 Rt 54A, Branchport, NY 1441810:00 a.m.Dresden Volunteer Fire Department, Firehouse Ave, Dresden, NY 1444110:00 a.m.Himrod Volunteer Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Rd., Himrod, NY 1484210:00 a.m.For more information about Citizen CPR, contact Erin D. Caldwell at 585-370-1834 or logon to rochesterredcross.org/cprsaturday.

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