The Howard County Fire and Rescue is getting the word out in a community-wide effort to teach all Howard Countians the newest technique—Hands Only CPR. As part of this year’s Howard County Family Wellness Day, there will be 30 minute Pump-A-Thon. Groups and individuals throughout the community will be taught hands-on training by members of HC Fire & Rescue. Using 20 special CPR dummies, participants will rotate every 5 minutes, allowing between 200 and 600 individuals to learn this life saving technique. This will be a 30 minute non-stop Pump-A-Thon! Everyone in Howard County is encouraged to participate.
About Hands-Only CPR
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness that kills approximately 250,000 people a year in the United States. Bystander CPR after a witnessed collapse is the best chance of survival. A staggering 88% of these arrests happen at home or in the workplace, which means the chances of you knowing the victim are highly likely.
With the advancements in medical technology, the American Heart Association devised a new method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation called “Hands-Only CPR”. This fast and easy-to-learn method of CPR does not require mouth-to-mouth or rescue breaths and is giving more people than before an opportunity to learn to save lives two hands at a time. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services have adopted this new method from the AHA with the goal of training everyone in CPR who lives and works in the county. HCDFRS is asking you to be the first responders in saving a life by having a basic knowledge of CPR and knowing what to do if you witness an arrest. Remember, SCA happens mainly at home or at work so having everyone in that environment familiar with CPR increases the chances of survival.