Did you know effective CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival but less than 1/3 of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR? Alarmingly, new research shows that women are even less likely to receive bystander CPR from a stranger. The 2018 Missoula Go Red For Women committee was dedicated to addressing these statistics for our community in an impactful way. On Friday, February 23rd, Missoula Go Red For Women hosted it’s 15th luncheon and celebrated this milestone by featuring a Hands-Only CPR training for all 240 guests.
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We know that CPR Training can be done in as little as 20 minutes and with the help of Ron Brunell, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator; the Missoula Fire Department, and over 100 donated CPR mannikins, we made this a reality.
Ron Brunell took to the stage and provided an in-depth demonstration of Hand-Only CPR to the beat of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. Missoula Fire Department personnel and local CPR instructors were available to attend to each table of guests for one-on-one assistance during the training.
Not only did Ron teach guests a lifesaving skill, he demonstrated the importance of research provided by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association and the true impact of donor dollars at work in our community.
In 2014, the survival rate for all cardiac arrest victims in the City of Missoula was 3%. The Missoula Fire Department looked to other cities with better outcomes and recognized the disconnect was in the training provided to first responders and lack of bystander CPR. By 2015, with the help of high performance CPR training, survivability of all cardiac arrests was up to 26%.
We are all in this together and our goal was to provide our community with trained and able bystanders. We achieved this milestone: 240 heart heroes left the Missoula Go Red For Women Luncheon empowered with the skillset needed to help save a family member, friend, co-worker or stranger.