(Portland, Oregon) -- When bystanders perform CPR until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews arrive, they can triple a sudden cardiac arrest victims' chance of survival. On May 24 - 27, American Medical Response (AMR) Multnomah and Clackamas County Operations and AMR's Special Services Division are teaching community members how to save lives by performing compression-only CPR. The training is endorsed by the American Heart Association.
With more than 350,000 Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest annually, AMR wants to make sure bystanders are trained and ready to assist. In compression-only CPR, hard, fast and rhythmic chest compressions allow oxygenated blood to flow through the body, keeping the brain and other essential organs alive until first responders arrive and can restart the heart.
It takes less than five minutes to learn this life-saving technique. The free lessons are a part of AMR's 2017 World CPR Challenge, which takes place during National EMS Week, May 21-27. Community members of all ages are encouraged to join in learning how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and perform compression-only CPR.
WHAT: AMR providing free CPR training as part of a nationwide event
WHEN: May 24 - 27, 2017
WHERE: Multiple locations in Portland Metro Area
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Clackamas Community College -- Community Center
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Times: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Centennial Middle School (for students & staff)
17650 SE Brooklyn St, Portland, OR 97236
Times: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) -- near Planetarium
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Times: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Friday, May 26th, 2017
Oregon Zoo -- near Elephant Plaza
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Times: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 27th, 2017
1844 Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
Gate 2 at SW 18th Ave/ SW Morrison St
Gate 4 at SW 20th Ave/ SW Morrison St
Times: 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm
VISUALS: AMR Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and community volunteers
providing free training, members of the community learning a life-saving skill
HOW: If a teen or an adult collapses suddenly, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute
(Ex- Staying Alive, Bee Gees, 1977)
Since kicking off the annual CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR double from 21 to 41 percent. This year, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American College of Emergency Physicians are joining the nationwide initiative to train 1 million people in bystander CPR.
To learn more about AMR's 2017 World CPR Challenge, please visit www.amr.net/cpr.
About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., is America's leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, and RNs work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net.
Locally, AMR NW provides 9-1-1 ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties and non-emergency medical transportation throughout the Portland Metro area. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.Attached Media Files: Students at CCC learn compression only CPR