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UCLA holding sidewalk CPR training in Westwood and Santa Monica

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UCLA Health System announced that, as part of National CPR Week, it will hold an event that will teach simple skills that will save lives. The drop-in, hands-only CPR training will be held at two locations, Westwood and Santa Monica, on Thursday, June 5, between 11 am and 2 pm.

UCLA notes that many people do not know how easy it is to effectively perform CPR, which can be lifesaving. Thus, the medical center is conducting mini-CPR training to teach local residents the simple techniques that can help a friend, neighbor or community member survive a life-threatening cardiac event. The UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica trainings will be located on the sidewalk across from the medical center in front of the 1245 16th Street medical building; the UCLA Medical Center’s trainings will be held at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Dining Patio between the 100 and 200 Medical Plaza buildings in Westwood.

“Hands-only CPR is just as effective as conventional CPR and can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival,” explained Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the hospital’s Nethercutt Emergency Center as well as the Santa Monica Fire Department. He added, “And it only takes a few minutes to acquire the skill, learn the importance of first calling 9-1-1, and gain the confidence to immediately jump in to help.”

The 10-minute sessions feature a one-to-one training provided by a certified UCLA EMS expert and include practice sessions with a manikin. In addition, the participants will receive tips and additional educational material. The training is a component of the American Heart Association’s “National CPR Week” and is one of many being held in Los Angeles County and throughout the nation. UCLA cautions that the mini-CPR trainings do not qualify for CPR certification. For information on certification classes, click on this link.