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Hands Only CPR

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Ashley Newman, a young and healthy dancer, spent hours in the studio rehearsing – until she went into cardiac arrest. "I was putting my things away and that's the last memory I have.  And I woke up in the hospital." The 32 year old's heart began beating irregularly – triggered by exercise.

"You were not moving, not breathing, not talking and your face had gone completely purple,” explains her instructor who called 911, while two others started hands only CPR.

"Hands only CPR is the standard now. You don’t have to do mouth to mouth." Doctors are launching a new hands only CPR campaign this week to show people it only takes one minute to learn the three life-saving steps. "Step 1: Check - if you don’t see any breathing or movement. Step 2: Call 911 immediately. Step 3: Compress." Dr. Holly Andersen says without CPR, 92% of people die before making it to the hospital. "Many people are dying of this because communities don't react. We want to empower people to know what to do, how to respond."

Ashley was diagnosed with a heart problem so she now has a defibrillator.  One year later, she is back to dancing. "It was a really special moment because I didn't think I would ever dance again."

REMSA is also participating in national CPR and AED awareness week with “hands only” CPR training throughout the northern Nevada area. REMSA will conduct hands only CPR demonstrations to raise awareness about how to properly and quickly respond to sudden cardiac arrest. “Every 25 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack,” said Cindy Green who is the Education Manager at REMSA. Staff hopes this type of training will help give bystanders confidence if someone has a heart event nearby.

You can watch a demonstration at the following events:

Thursday, June 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Scheels during the Reno Tahoe Odyssey packet pick up

Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the California Avenue Farmers Market

Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family Festival on Sierra Street in Reno

Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at The Summit Mall during Safe Kids Day

Sunday, June 4 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Squeeze In in Northwest Reno.

Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harley Davidson in Carson City

Monday, June 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at Costco in Sparks

Wednesday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Reno 1868 soccer game at Greater Nevada Field

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