MANKATO (TEC News) - As a way to help save lives, Minnesota residents are encouraged to learn lifesaving tools during National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
Despite the fact that learning how to provide CPR or how to operate an AED (automated external defibrillator) device can be easy, only 1 in 3 people who have sudden cardiac arrest receive help from a bystander.
The survival rates for those who receive CPR can double or even triple when immediately helped.
Even those who are unsure of how to properly provide CPR or are nervous of giving a person mouth-to-mouth can help, said Kim Harkins, program manager for the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium at the University of Minnesota: Harkins 2 "give breath" :13
Minnesotans who do choose to help someone in cardiac arrest are protected by Good Samaritan law, which provides protection for those who are performing life-saving actions during an emergency.
For Mankato residents who are interested in learning how to provide CPR or operate an AED device, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class for dates and course fees.
The America Heart Association also offers in-home training kits called "CPR Anytime" for those who want to learn in private.
And while cardiac arrest is generally associated with older people, it can happen to anyone of any age at any time, which is why the state wants 10 percent of the population trained in these lifesaving tools: Harkins 3 "heart problems" :11
For more information, contact the Mankato Red Cross at 387-6664, or visit www.heartrescueproject.com.