Independence hosts CPR training provided by the American Heart Association

By June 13, 2019July 9th, 2020Community Initiatives, Events
IBX associates practice Hands-Only CPR on training manikins in the Market Street Courtyard outside of Independence LIVE

To raise awareness among its associates about the importance of CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), Independence Blue Cross hosted a free Hands-only CPR training session in the courtyard of its offices at 1901 Market Street. Using practice manikins, the simple Hands-Only training from the American Heart Association took only minutes to complete. Hands-Only CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.

The training event also celebrated the recent passage of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 115, which will establish a model curriculum in high schools for CPR instruction. The new law will also ensure all schools are teaching the Hands-Only CPR technique, and affords schools flexibility in how their students are taught.

Every year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States outside of a hospital. More than 20 percent occur in public places, where the survival rate is less than 10 percent. Hands-Only CPR helps bystanders understand how they can immediately help a person who experiences a cardiac emergency.

Associates also learned about the Philadelphia Heart Walk, which will be held on November 2 at Citizens Bank Bark. Independence is a corporate sponsor for the Walk, which is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds to help the American Heart Association build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke.

 

Media contact:

Ruth Stoolman
215-241-4870
ruth.stoolman@ibx.com