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Free Event to Teach Families Life-saving CPR Basics

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Tanner Health System is offering area individuals and families a chance to learn the fundamentals of saving a life with free CPR training in Wedowee, Alabama.

CPR — or cardiopulmonary resuscitation — is used to help keep a heart pumping in instances of sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops. Sudden cardiac arrest can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, electrical shock, extreme stress to the body, a severe lack of oxygen (such as after drowning or asphyxiation), cardiac rhythm disturbances, structural heart disease and more.

Effective CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can triple a person’s chances of survival. Unfortunately, only 32% of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR — whether from a friend, loved one or stranger. That’s why fewer than 10% of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

Four out of every five cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur in the home. That means, odds are, the life you save with CPR is probably going to be someone you know — a child, parent or other loved one.

The good news is that nearly 45% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive when bystander CPR is administered — and anyone can be the bystander who makes a difference.

Each individual or family group who attends will receive a free CPR training kit, featuring a take-home DVD, training mannequin and more. Training will be led by a member of the cardiac services team from Tanner. The training does not provide certification in CPR, but does teach the fundamentals you need to save a life.

This class will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will last about one hour. The Jan. 18 location is: First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall (116 W Broad St., Wedowee, AL 36278). Pre-registration is required to participate. This facility is large enough to allow for social distancing between family groups and masks will be required. Temperatures will be checked at the door.

For more information and to register your family for free CPR training, visit tanner.org/cpr. Light refreshments will be available.