Feb. 28, 2014
On Thursday, Feb. 27, members of the Albany County Sheriff's Department and Town of Berne Supervisor Kevin Crosier visited BKW to offer student lessons on saving lives with hands-only CPR.
Each year, about 400,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest, and only about 10 percent survive. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival.
Working to raise awareness of an easy-to-learn technique, hands-only CPR can be used in instances of cardiac arrest and can be taught in less than 5 minutes. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said this training could dramatically increase a person's chance of surviving. Throughout the month of February, Albany County's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) unit has been offering free training in order to improve that statistic and save lives.
"There's nothing romantic about sudden cardiac arrest," McCoy said in a press release. "When a heart stops, effective bystander CPR doubles or triples the chances of survival for the victim. That's why all of Albany County's first responders are coming together to offer free, community-based hands-only CPR trainings throughout the month of February."
Thanks to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, EMS Commander and Captain Brian Wood and Town of Berne Supervisor Kevin Crosier for visiting BKW and offering students the opportunity to learn this technique.
Please see the below video from EMS Commander and Captain Brian Wood on this technique, including instructions on how to perform it. The video is less than two minutes long, please watch it and learn - it may save a life!