Did you know that the leading cause of death in this country is sudden cardiac arrest, which can claim the life of one person every two minutes?
That’s a scary statistic isn’t it? What’s even scarier is the fact that 95 percent of victims of cardiac arrest die before they even reach a hospital or receive other kinds of emergency help and that is because only a very small percentage of the population in cities across America know how to administer CPR.
Well, right here in Garland, our own Garland Fire Department has decided to do something about that.
The Garland Fire Department has initiated a program in order to train all City employees the 10 to Life program, which trains citizens how to administer bystander CPR.
The Garland Public Library system was the first group of City employees to be trained.
Claire Bausch, Director of Libraries for the City of Garland, said this training is critical in order to save lives.
“It was fascinating for me to discover how low the numbers are when it comes to people who have skill such as CPR,” Bausch said. “According to the Garland Fire Department, statistics show that some cities only have a 16 percent rate of people who know how to administer CPR in their communities. Right here in Garland, that statistic is only 8 percent.”
“I would like to see that number go up significantly,” she said. “The person most likely to suffer health risks such as cardiac arrests is the people closest to you such as your spouse or other loved ones. What’s sad is that most people do not know what to do in those situations and end up just standing by and waiting for the paramedics to arrive, and many times that sometimes is just too late. If they had known CPR procedures, then that is enough time for them to survive and get some type of emergency care.”
Bausch said that the Library decided to extend this training through the general public in the form of a training DVD on bystander CPR. CPR training kits will be available at all Garland public libraries for citizens to check out, take home, and train everyone in their family.
“They have 7 days to check out the materials and then bring them back for other families to use,” she said. “The kit includes dummies to practice on but it also has cleaning tools such as alcohol swabs to clean the dummy. Many times, we also find that residents are scared to administer CPR because they think they might actually injure the person who is suffering. This new training shows us that it is not that difficult to administer.”
Todd Peele, Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Garland Fire Department, said the bystander CPR is a skill people should learn in order to help save a life.
“The good news is that bystander CPR can be learned very quickly, the skills are easy to retain, and it may triple the chance of survival,” said Peele. “We are excited to make CPR training kits available through Garland’s public libraries so that anyone can learn these life-saving skills.”
Bausch said the new kits teach someone how to administer this life saving procedure in only 10 minutes, hence the name.
“Making these available for checkout, like a book, is just another vital resource the libraries provide,” she said.
Bystander CPR involves a method of chest compressions to keep oxygen in the blood circulating through the body until Emergency Medical Services arrives.
“When bystander CPR is performed the survivability rate for sudden cardiac arrest triples,” Bausch said. “Since most sudden cardiac arrests occur at home, your spouse is most likely to be in a position to save your life. Make sure your spouse learns bystander CPR, as well as other family members.”
For more information on how you can check out these kits, call 972-205-2502 or visit the Library website at www.nmls.lib.tx.us.
Several kits are available and the Garland Libraries already have around 70 kits available.