INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imagine being able to quickly react and perform Hands-Only CPR on someone suffering a cardiac arrest and possibly saving their life. With more than 70 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happening at home, then that means at some point a person will likely be called upon to perform this critical skill to save the life of someone they know and love. Beginning this month, the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, in collaboration with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., will launch the 2016 Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour. The initiative continues their work to increase the number of people who are trained in Hands-Only CPR by offering free instruction in select cities throughout Florida, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana.
According to recent research published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, people are more likely to remember the correct pace of CPR chest compressions when trained to the beat of a familiar song. The tunes featured in the Mobile Tour will be timed to 100 to 120 beats per minute (bpm), which is the correct rate for performing chest compressions. During the tour stop, participants will choose from several popular songs with the right bpm and then receive a 20-minute training session in Hands-Only CPR from instructors as the music plays in the background.
“We can’t underscore enough the importance of learning this life-saving skill and how easy it is to acquire the training so that in just a few minutes, you can be ready to save the life of a loved one or even a stranger,” said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem, Inc. “To date, nearly 60,000 people have already been trained by this yearly tour, but we know we can’t stop here. That’s why the Anthem Foundation is continuing its efforts to help the American Heart Association in its work to double survival from cardiac arrest by 2020, and this year’s tour is another way we want to make it easy for people to learn Hands-Only CPR.”
In its fifth year, the Hands-Only CPR Mobile tour aims to raise awareness and help people feel confident about performing CPR in an emergency. The tour will make 22 stops across 14 cities this year. Participants will receive a free CPR Anytime Kit® that they can use to practice and extend the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR to family and friends.
This year’s tour comes on the heels of the successful launch of five, Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks operated by the AHA and the Anthem Foundation that are available in high-traffic places such as airports. The kiosks are available at the following airports: Chicago O’Hare International; Indianapolis International; Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall; and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. A kiosk also resides at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, the AHA placed a pilot kiosk at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. The kiosks provide users with an interactive experience to learn this critical technique.
“This year’s mobile tour will focus on teaching CPR using popular songs that people recognize and remember. This will help emphasize how truly simple it is to take action to help save the life of a person suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” said Clifton Callaway, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the AHA’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. “The AHA is grateful for the Anthem Foundation’s continued commitment to bringing valuable CPR instruction directly to our communities via the tour. Immediate action by every citizen in those first few minutes is the most important step to improve outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.”
For more information on the upcoming Hands-Only CPR tour, visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.
About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program, which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at http://anthemfoundation.tumblr.com.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two of the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.