Organizations to host free CPR training event in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Learn the technique that may let you save a life.

The American Heart Association and the Amerigroup Foundation are teaching Hands-Only CPR in a free event Monday, Oct. 19.

When a person is in sudden cardiac arrest, it is of vital importance that he or she immediately receives CPR. If you wait for emergency medical personnel to arrive, it may be too late.

The version of CPR taught at this event, Hands-Only CPR, is equally effective to the standard mouth-to-mouth version, according to studies cited by the two groups. However, most people find Hands-Only more comfortable.

During the training, participants can jam to the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” The hit song is actually a useful lifesaving tool; it has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate CPR should be performed at.

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 300,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a medical facility each year.

The event is hosted at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Student Alumni Center Dining Hall on 800 Madison Ave. Training sessions are at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

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