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Hands-only CPR classes to be offered

Posted 02/10/16

The Exercise and Sports Science Club at Fitchburg State University will offer “hands-only” CPR classes to the public during the Fitchburg State Falcons’ basketball games between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Tickets for the games are free for Fitchburg State students with their OneCard identification, otherwise $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The program is part of the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Central Massachusetts division’s community-wide campaign to promote the life-saving technique.

According to the AHA, more than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).

The CPR Community-Wide Challenge training at each school will be conducted by student groups with equipment donated by the American Heart Association and the corporate sponsors of the Challenge. Participating Colleges and Universities in Worcester will be training students, faculty, staff and community members throughout February at their schools at both sporting and community events. Each institution that participates will be given all the materials and support needed to succeed in this effort.

The CPR Community-Wide Challenge is locally sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center and Medstar Ambulance. To learn more about CPR or to find a CPR class near you visit, the American Heart Association's website. For information about how you can be a part of the Challenge, contact Blair Young at (508) 499-6266 or

About the American Heart Association (AHA)

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1 (800) AHA-USA1, visit the AHA website, or call any of their offices around the country.  Follow the AHA on Facebook and Twitter.

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