Providing lifesaving skills to the greater Birmingham community – The YMCA joins with the American Heart Association to teach Hands – Only CPR.
Each year, more than 350,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside the hospital, and about 90% of those people do not survive. When CPR is performed effectively, it can double or even triple the victim’s chance of survival. Despite this, many Americans do not know how or feel comfortable enough to perform CPR. According to Association research, bystanders perform CPR only about 46% of the time.
Through this initiative, the American Heart Association will provide CPR and First Aid Anywhere Training Kits to all YMCA branches across the greater Birmingham community. This will allow the YMCA staff, including wellness coordinators, volunteers, and student leaders, to train students, parents, and community members in learning the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Each kit will be used to train hundreds of individuals, and the training will be free and open to all.