Preparedness and Safety
Hands on Hearts CPR Program
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate assistance from someone on the scene. To address this concern, the Washington, DC Fire and EMS Department offers free classes on the basics of hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training through the Hands on Hearts initiative. The training instructs participants to focus on their hand placement, tempo and the number of compressions for two minute intervals. Volunteers interested in becoming a trainer for hands-only CPR and AED awareness can be taught and tested to then train friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers.
Hands-only CPR is a technique that involves chest compressions without artificial respiration. Studies indicate that hands-only CPR performed immediately may increase a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. To date, the District of Columbia has trained almost 6,800 residents in hands-only CPR through the Hands on Hearts initiative.
During June Safety Month 2016 in Washington DC, 850 residents, stakeholders, youth, and government workers were trained to use CPR and AED techniques. Of those, 340 were certified through a training partnership with the American Red Cross. Furthermore, 112 youth received Commander Ready training, a specialized emergency preparedness initiative designed to educate and engage youth. Lastly, Serve DC graduated its first Community Emergency Response Team. These volunteers completed more than 20 hours of training and will be ready to answer the call to service in the case of a disaster.
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