Learn to Save a Life This October During National CPR Awareness Month
Mount Sinai Health System urges the general public, especially students, to learn lifesaving CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator to reduce sudden cardiac death rates.
The Mount Sinai Health System will host five free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) fairs this October in honor of National CPR Awareness Month, to increase the community's knowledge about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and how to save more lives from it by teaching lifesaving hands-only CPR and the proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
SCA occurs when a person's heart abruptly stops beating, and may be caused by a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm, a genetic predisposition, or for no explained reason. Each year, more than 350,000 adults and children die unexpectedly from SCA.
Mount Sinai invites students at area schools and community members to attend its CPR Awareness Fairs. Attendees will be educated by Mount Sinai Health System's cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, emergency medicine experts, and other staffers, who will demonstrate hands-only CPR and automated external defibrillator technology. In addition, attendees will be able to explore the inside of a Mount Sinai ambulance.
"Mount Sinai's CPR Awareness Fairs are very important to show adults and school children alike how they can save a life during an emergency when armed with the proper knowledge and skills," says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System. "If CPR and/or AED is used within minutes to resuscitate a person who experiences a SCA, it may help save their life," says Dr. Oliver.
Mount Sinai CPR Awareness Fairs will take place between 11 am and 2 pm on Friday, October 20, at these locations:
The Mount Sinai Hospital
1468 Madison Avenue
Guggenheim Pavilion, Lobby
Contact: Dion Harrigan 212-241-6146
Mount Sinai Union Square
10 Union Square East
Contact: Lena Chang 212-420-4746
Mount Sinai St. Luke's
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street
Babcock Lobby, First Floor
Contact: Joan Joseph 212-523-2023
Mount Sinai West
1000 Tenth Avenue at West 58th Street
Contact: Wendy O’Brien 646-745-5725