You can learn chest compression-only CPR this Saturday, Oct. 16, at six Tucson locations, including Oro Valley Hospital on Tangerine Road and Foothills Mall near Barnes and Noble in the Northwest.
University of Arizona College of Medicine medical students, all of them members of the Resuscitation Education Group, are teaching compression-only CPR every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The large-scale training effort was inspired by Kate Jaramillo of Glendale, who is advocating "CPR-Across-America" training events and contributing training mannequins at each site.
Chest compression-only CPR was developed by members of the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group after decades of research that proved it to be a superior resuscitation method in the event of sudden cardiac arrest, a release said.
"This method doubles the chance of survival in the case of witnessed cardiac arrest. This means that you see or hear someone collapse, someone who was fine just a moment earlier," said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center.
Other training locations are Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, University Medical Center Arizona Health Sciences Plaza, Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, and the Tucson Classic Car Show at St. Gregory's College Preparatory School.