The phrase ‘shop till you drop’ has been around for ages, but according to the American Heart Association [AHA], an overwhelming number of Americans would feel ‘helpless’ to act if someone near them in a mall, grocery store or other public venue were to collapse following a sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, the AHA reports an astonishing 70 percent of
Americans would not know what to do in this situation.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics and the team at BJC Healthcare will celebrate Heart Month with Lifesaver CPR at Mid Rivers Mall – a free, family‐friendly training event aimed at helping individuals throughout the metro area learn the skills needed to help a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking.
Training will be offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.
“The common denominator in virtually all successful cardiac arrest resuscitations is good‐quality CPR prior to Paramedics’ arrival,” says SCCAD Deputy Chief Medical Director John Romeo, “Bystanders are a vital link in the chain of survival, and our goal with Lifesaver CPR is to give residents of our community the knowledge and confidence to intervene during a cardiac emergency.”
Those who participate will have the opportunity to utilize the latest in CPR training technology; the manikins being utilized are state‐of‐the‐art and use embedded lights to visually simulate blood flow to the brain when compressions are performed correctly.
Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend the training ‐ though young children may not have the strength to perform chest compressions, they’re still learning proper rate, rhythm and technique that they could pass along to another rescuer in the event of an emergency.
Also at the event, BJC invites attendees to utilize the ‘Know Your Numbers’ kiosk ‐ a unique device designed to measure blood pressure, body mass index, and pulse rate. BJC nurses will be on hand to check total cholesterol and blood glucose – two other key metrics that play a key role in cardiac health.
“One in every four deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease,” says Yvette Frazier, RN and cardiac catheterization lab supervisor for Barnes‐Jewish St. Peters Hospital. “By monitoring your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI, we can get an overall picture of your heart’s health and determine what steps are needed to lessen your risk of heart disease.”
This event marks the third time that BJC and SCCAD have come together at Mid Rivers Mall – last year’s event saw more than 300 individuals from around the metro area come together to learn important life‐saving skills and/or participate in one or more of the provided health screenings.