May 14: Cedars-Sinai Nurses Offer Free Hands-On CPR Training on Tuesday

A group of community residents learn how to perform hands-only CPR. (Photo courtesy of Cedars-Sinai)

Nurses from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will teach hands-only CPR to a group of more than 50 local senior citizens on Tuesday. While the event is open to the public, most of the attendees are coming from the Plummer Park Senior Center.

Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for teens and adults who suddenly collapse in an ‘out-of-hospital’ setting, such as home, at work or in a park. Seniors will be practicing the hands-only CPR on stuffed animals and/or mannequins.

“We’ve learned that hands-only CPR is enough to save an adult’s life,” says Michele Rigsby Pauley, interim associate director of Community Health and Education. Anupa Roshan, education program coordinator, says that compression can save the life of someone who is not responding. “We are teaching it to seniors so their lives can be saved by their friends or partners if the compression is done on time.”

According to the American Heart Association about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. But if CPR is performed immediately on the scene, it can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.  “In most scenarios the person you are saving is a friend or a relative,” Rigsby Pauley says. The class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thalians Auditorium, 8730 Alden Drive, in Los Angeles. Parking available in Lot # P2, located across the stre