YAKIMA, Wash. – Health educators and emergency medical staff will try to teach 1,000 members of the Yakima Valley the basics of CPR on Saturday to increase the number of people able to potentially save the life of someone having a heart attack.
The American Medical Association (AMA) says more than 80 percent of heart attacks happen in the home. An effect bystander providing CPR immediately after cardiac arrest can double or almost triple a victim's chance of survival, according to the AMA.
"Save a Life, the Great CPR Blitz 2011" hopes to build off the event's first year by giving out free AMA Anytime CPR Kits and DVDs so that each person who attends the blitz can then teach another five people the basics they learned that day.
There will be three sessions lasting an hour beginning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday inside the Yakima Convention Center located at 10 N. 8th Street, Yakima. A fourth session will be offered in Spanish at 11:00 a.m. People of all ages can participate and show up without registering for the event.