The St. Louis Park Fire Department is one of six local departments to recently receive a $5,000 grant to help train people about new hands-only CPR procedures.
The Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium is providing the funding, and the Hennepin County Medical Center will train first responders this month. First responders will then be able to train interested citizens. Dates of the public training sessions will be announced soon.
The Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Richfield and St. Anthony fire departments also received funding for this program.
The Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium aims to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by connecting bystander, pre-hospital, and hospital initiatives to establish and implement protocols that incorporate the latest technologies and treatment methods.
The consortium is part of the HeartRescue Project. Started in 2010 by the Medtronic Foundation, the project assembles the country’s leading emergency and resuscitation experts to expand successful city and county SCA response programs to statewide levels. A main goal of the program is to develop an integrated community response to SCA, ensuring everyone is prepared to respond by calling 911, starting chest compressions immediately and using an AED.
About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Sudden cardiac arrest is a public health crisis during which the heart stops without warning. SCA is often caused by abnormalities of the heart’s electrical conduction system. Signs of SCA include unconsciousness and lack of breath. As the leading cause of death in the world, SCA strikes an estimated 295,000 Americans each year.