Free CPR training, using a hands-only technique, will be offered throughout Orange County on Thursday, June 1.
The trainings are through a partnership between county Emergency Medical Services and the American Heart Association. Participants will be taught how and when to use Hands-Only CPR.
The technique is different from conventional CPR because it focuses on chest compression without the need for mouth-to-mouth breathing. According to the American Heart Association, it is just as effective.
It takes about 10 minutes to learn and can be life saving, officials said.
“When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of survival are doubled – sometimes tripled – if he or she immediately receives CPR,” Dr. Samuel Stratton, medical director of EMS, said in a news release. “Unfortunately, less than one-third of those who suffer from a cardiac arrest at home, work or out in the community receive this type of vital assistance. Many bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse by attempting to intervene because they haven’t been empowered by appropriate training.”
The “Sidewalk CPR” trainings will be offered at the following locations:
County of Orange Public Works
300 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, 8 a.m.-noon
307 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Buena Clinton Family Community Center
12661 Sunswept Ave., Garden Grove, 4-7:30 p.m.
Garden Grove Medical Center
12601 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, noon-4 p.m.
Huntington Beach Hospital
17772 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2950 E. La Jolla St., Anaheim, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shopping center parking lot
1451 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way, Brea, 8 a.m.-noon