Hundreds Came To 'Press The Chest'

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

June 29th, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--This weekend, Leon County is pressing residents to come out and learn CPR. Leon County EMS hosted the press the chest event. It is teaching its residents how to save a life.

"As fast as our response times are we really can't be here for each and every arrest, so we really need citizens, family members and friends to step in and do that CPR before we get there to give that person the best chance of survival," said Steve Suarez from the Leon County EMS.

Cardiac arrest can strike anyone at anytime and the Society of Chest Pain Centers says every 25 seconds, someone will have a coronary event and every minute someone will die of one.

More than 400 residents came to Florida State's Campus to learn CPR training to change those statistics.

Among them is Lisa Cox a Tallahassee resident who says learning the technique helped her friend take action.

"My friend did CPR on me when I went into sudden cardiac arrest," said Lisa Cox, who was Saved by CPR. "I am really, really lucky to be alive today, so I have my friend to thank for that."

Ems officials say people who are not certified are required to do 100 pumps per minute to the beat of the hit single Staying Alive...

"It's a skill that its important to have in keeping someone alive," said a Leon County resident.

Press Release: Leon County Board of County Commissioners

Leon County's "Press the Chest 2013" Set for Saturday
Free Educational Community-Wide CPR Event

Leon County is set for "Press the Chest" - a community-wide CPR event - on Saturday, June 29, at the Turnbull Florida State Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola St., from 10 a.m. until noon. On-site registration is scheduled from 9:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. The free event will be hosted in collaboration with the American Heart Association, Tallahassee Memorial Health Care, Capital Regional Medical Center, Florida Department of Health, Florida A&M University Student Health Services and Southeastern School of Health Sciences.

This is the third year of the community-focused training event. Approximately 400 participants registered for the successful "Press the Chest 2012". Like last year, highly credentialed Leon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will be on hand for this year's event to teach new recommendations for the emergency-rescue procedure known as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Procedures were updated by the American Heart Association in 2010 from the previous recommendation of A-B-C (Airway-Breathing-Compression's) method to C-A-B (Compression's-Airway-Breathing). Participants will also be taught the importance of high-quality CPR, doing CPR correctly and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

"Public safety is one of the Commission's highest priorities. This is one of the reasons that Leon County has held this event annually," said Vice Chairman of the Leon County Board of Commissioners Kristin Dozier, who is scheduled to bring greetings on Saturday morning. "We want to ensure that residents in our community increase their level of health awareness and preparedness by learning CPR - an emergency, life‐saving procedure."

Each year, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of nearly 400,000 people throughout the country. Leon County EMS data show that CPR is performed only 20 percent of the time by bystanders in the community prior to EMS arrival.

"This is one of the most important events we do to increase health awareness and preparedness for the residents of Leon County," said County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Last year, we had an amazing response and participation from citizens throughout the County. This year, more than 250 citizens have registered online already."

Each participant of "Press the Chest 2013" will receive an American Heart Association "CPR Anytime" kit, which contains a CPR manikin, DVD and educational materials and supplies. These kits are for the participant to keep and to encourage them to train family and friends.

"Press the Chest 2013" serves as a public service event for Leon County EMS - an award-winning, full-service emergency medical service transport provider in Leon County. The County's EMS has reached the highest standards for an ambulance service and ranks among the best performers in the industry. EMS has been recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which sets national standards. Chief Tom Quillin leads Leon County EMS and in 2011 was named the National EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.

To register for "Press the Chest 2013," visit . For more information regarding the annual event or setting up free CPR, AED or first-aid training at a school or place of business, contact EMS Capt. Sally Davis at (850) 606-2100 or . For on-site information Saturday, contact Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 w / (517) 974-6255 c / .

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