St. Luke's Medical Center Teaches Arizonans How to Be Life Saving Superheros With Free "Save Lives with St. Luke's" Seminars on October 20 & 21

Sessions Arms Participants with Lifesaving Skills in CPR, Bleeding Emergency Responsiveness

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but none is more valuable than a one who can react quickly, safely and knowledgeably in a high-stress medical emergency situation. That is the reason behind St. Luke’s Medical Center’s “Save Lives with St. Luke’s” program, which arms individuals with vital lifesaving training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and bleeding emergency responsiveness, which could help them be the difference between life and death for an ill or injured person.

Free to the public, the sessions will be held in downtown Phoenix; the “Sidewalk CPR” session will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Arena in the Fry’s Plaza while “Stop the Bleed” will be hosted at the IASIS Healthcare Multi Specialty Clinic (230 S. 3rd St., Phoenix) on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. RSVPs are required, as space is limited. Spaces can be reserved by visiting stlukesmedcenter.org and visiting the “classes and events” tab.

“Whether you are giving blood or registering as an organ donor, every Arizonan has what it takes to become a lifesaving hero,” said Elizabeth Waack, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN, Director of Emergency Services at St. Luke’s Medical Center. “But learning vital hands-on lifesaving skills that can be applied in case of an emergency is crucial and can significantly help improve outcomes in the critical seconds and minutes it takes for first-responders to arrive on the scene of an emergency.”

“Sidewalk CPR” is a 20 to 30-minute session where participants will receive hands-on CPR training from certified instructors from the American Heart Association. In many cases, effective bystander CPR that is provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. Sadly, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims actually receive CPR from a bystander and less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive, according to the AHA.

A national awareness campaign, “Stop the Bleed” puts the knowledge gained by first responders into the hands of everyday individuals to help save lives. During the session, participants will become trained, equipped and empowered to help a person in a bleeding emergency. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters, as well as from everyday accidents. Bystanders are usually the first on the scene of a traumatic event where bleeding is present and research has shown that they can become heroic lifesavers, being the difference between life and death for an injured person. Despite the resilience of the human body, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, making quickly stopping blood loss critical to survival. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.

For more information about Save Lives with St. Luke’s, other educational seminars or to schedule an interview with Elizabeth Waack, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN, Director of Emergency Services at St. Luke’s Medical Center to discuss the sessions or share lifesaving CPR and bleeding responsiveness tips, contact Angela Menninger at 602-373-8212 (mobile) or [email protected].

About St. Luke’s Medical Center
Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.org or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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