WILMINGTON – Sudden cardiac arrest claims an estimated 350,000 lives each year. Many victims have no history of heart disease and no prior symptoms. Most people know to call 911 if they witness someone collapse, but many people don’t know that a simple action may save a person’s life. Effective bystander CPR can improve a person’s chance of survival by keeping the blood circulating to their brain, heart and other vital organs.
EMS personnel from New Hanover Regional Medical Center are teaming up with WWAY to offer free CPR training around Wilmington at multiple times and locations. Lessons take about 15 minutes and will educate residents on the important role bystanders play in saving a cardiac arrest victim’s life. Called the Hands on Hearts campaign, the training is a joint effort between New Hanover Regional Medical Center and WWAY Newschannel 3.
Paramedics will offer CPR training at the following locations:
Wednesday, February 18 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. – Cape Fear Community College, Union Station Lobby, Wilmington
Wednesday, February 18 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. – RockChurch, 3233 Burnt Mill Drive, Wilmington
Thursday, February 19 from 12 noon - 1 p.m. – Mayfaire Towncenter, former Coldwater Creek storefront, Wilmington
Thursday, February 19 from 6 a.m.- 8 a.m. – LifePoint Church, 3534 South College Road, Wilmington
Friday, February 20 from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. – Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington
For more information, visit www.nhrmc.org/cpr.