Learn the New Hands-Only CPR Technique for Free this June

From June 7 through 11, the Allegan General Hospital will host free CPR training courses to the community. Although most people are familiar with the form of CPR that involves pressing on a victim's chest and breathing into their mouth, most health associations no longer advise people to breathe into a patient's mouth.

In fact, the new approach, called hands-only CPR, is equally effective as traditional CPR for cardiac arrest events and can actually triple a victim's chance of survival. So this June, Allegan County residents can brush up on their CPR skills and learn the new hands-only CPR technique that can literally save lives.

The event is part of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, an annual event created by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council in 2007. An automated external defibrillator (AED) machine is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restore someone suffering from a severe cardiac event like a heart attack.

Throughout the second week of June, the American Heart Association will partner with the Allegan General Hospital to provide a free 45-minute training course. Participants will receive instruction in the new hands-only technique, as well as a free kit to continue practicing CPR at home.

According to Michigan Live, the sessions will occur from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on June 7 through 9, while an additional session will be held on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m. All sessions will be hosted at the hospital's Michigan Room.

The event won't be the first time the AHA has helped sponsor lifesaving events in Allegan County. In March, the AHA hosted the Go Red for Women event, to raise awareness of the unique symptoms of heart attacks in women.

Earlier this year, eightWest reported on the story of local Grand Rapids women who suffered heart attacks. While one woman was rushed to the hospital, another waited until eventually going to an urgent care center. The average ER bill costs patients up to $1,500, compared to just $150 for an urgent care appointment. However, the AHA urges women to recognize the symptoms of heart attacks so they can seek emergency medical care when necessary.

In addition to National CPR and AED Awareness Week, the AHA will also be hosting a Heart Walk in Grand Rapids in September 2016.

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