BRADENTON — The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee), in partnership with Manatee Technical College and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services, invites the public to participate in a free Hands-Only™ CPR training on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Manatee Technical College’s SR 70 campus. The event is part of a statewide initiative to provide Hands Only CPR training to all counties in honor of World Heart Day.
In Florida, 23.4 percent of adults age 65 and older reported in 2013 that they had been told by a healthcare provider that they had a heart attack, coronary heart disease or stroke. According to Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Administrator at Florida Department of Health in Manatee, “heart disease was the leading cause of death in Florida in 2014 and is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. This free training is an excellent opportunity for community members to learn to save a life in the event of an emergency.”
Hands-Only™ CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths and has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breaths. Hands-only CPR is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work, or in a park). It consists of two easy steps: Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that); and Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
According to Dr.Priscilla Haflich, Assistant Director of Manatee Technical College, “We are pleased to be hosting such a valuable event here at our school since it will benefit the local community as well as our students and staff. Our students will interact with the public in their careers, and will likely have the opportunity to use CPR. We look forward to opening our doors to train community members for such a worthwhile effort.”
The school is located at 6305 State Road-70 East in Bradenton. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Community members who attend can purchase lunch in the school’s Café Mirabilis and receive $1.00 off the regular price of $6.00.
World Heart Day, an annual event created by the World Heart Foundation to remind everyone that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.