What would you do if an adult standing next to you suddenly collapsed and became unresponsive? Typically, less than 20% of bystanders in Arizona will do CPR and most are not willing to do mouth to mouth. As part of our “Heart Safe Community” the Lake Havasu City Fire Department, along with Havasu Regional Medical Center, would like you to have a plan. The SHARE Program (Saving Hearts in Arizona Registry & Education) focuses on “Hands-Only CPR.”
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System, and the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center established the SHARE Program. This program covers all “links” in the “chain of survival” including bystander response, emergency medical dispatcher CPR instruction, Emergency Medical Services provider resuscitation, and standardized care at hospitals. SHARE also seeks to support survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by providing them with helpful resources.
Someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest will likely die unless action is taken and care is given within the first 4-6 minutes. Compression-only CPR drastically improves survival chances simply by circulating blood in the body that is already oxygenated using the researched technique.
Free “Hands-only CPR” presentations will be delivered by the Lake Havasu City Fire Department from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. every third Thursday of the month, at Lake Havasu City Fire Station No. 2 located at 2065 North Kiowa Boulevard.