TMC participates in compression-only World CPR challenge May 25

Picture1When real estate broker Gary Brauchla’s heart stopped in 2012, his wife knew to immediately begin CPR until rescuers could arrive.

“At 3 a.m., when I went into Cardiac Arrest and died:  If Kathie would have waited just the six minutes until the first responders arrived, I would not have survived,” Brauchla said. “Instead, she immediately called 911 and began pushing hard and fast. She saved my life – and will always be my hero.”

Would you know what to do if a loved one – or even a total stranger – suddenly collapsed nearby?

Tucson Medical Center, American Medical Response and Brauchla’s nonprofit, Arizona Cardiac Arrest Survivors, will team up on Thursday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at various points on the TMC campus to participate in the World CPR Challenge to train as many people as possible in compression-only CPR.

Bystanders will have a chance to quickly learn two crucial life-saving steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast on the chest in uninterrupted rhythm to the Bee Gees hit “Stayin’ Alive.” Participants will be able to practice on a mannequin at tables staffed by instructors.

According to the American Heart Association, most people who experience sudden cardiac arrest die because they do not receive immediate CPR, which could otherwise double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

The Association has maintained that compression-only works just as well as traditional CPR in sudden cardiac arrest cases. It can be easier to apply and eliminates a barrier for those who are reluctant to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“We hope to train as many people as possible at this life-saving event, so that rather than stand by helplessly, they can take action and help another person,” said Alex Lopez, AMR account executive.

 

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