Fort Worth, Texas — If a person crumpled to the ground near you, would you know what to do? If that person was unconscious, what would you do next?
On May 20, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, MedStar, DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety and American Medical Response (AMR) in Arlington and Dallas, are partnering to teach the compression-only CPR technique to passengers awaiting boarding of flights at DFW Airport.
“While our paramedics often get to an emergency quickly, during cardiac arrest immediate action can make the difference,” said Matt Zavadsky, Public Affairs Director for MedStar. “Compression-only CPR can help save lives and is easy to perform. We hope that schools, businesses and other groups will take this opportunity to get trained in compression-only CPR at no cost, making our community an even safer place to live. Our primary goal is to save as many lives as possible, and we hope we can get more people excited about learning CPR by being part of a nationwide event.”
“We’re pleased to partner with MedStar, and American Medical Response as part of National EMS week, in order to educate more people on hands-only CPR,” said Jim Crites, executive vice president of operations for DFW Airport. “This type of collaboration and coordination helps our community and allows our award-winning EMS team to share their experience, thus enabling the public to take effective action and participate in our common goal of saving lives.”
To find out more about compression-only CPR and find out how your group can host an event, please visit http://www.medstar911.org/standby-or-demonstration-request or www.amr.net/CPR.