Youngstown State University hosts Hands-Only CPR training

Twenty-minute training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday in the Chestnut Room at Kilcawley Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Knowing how to perform CPR can be a life-saving skill, and it’s something everyone can learn how to do.

Monday, Youngstown State University students, faculty and members of the public were invited to a free, interactive CPR training session.

Representatives from the American Heart Association and the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation are hosting 20-minute training sessions from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday in the Chestnut Room at Kilcawley Center.

Hands-Only CPR is nationally sponsored by the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. Since the spring of 2012, the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour has trained almost 60,000 people in 17 states.

The American Heart Association’s 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.

“350,000 people suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, so the more people that we can engage and train in the skills of CPR, the more opportunity we have to safe a life,” said Sonya Vezmar, senior community CPR manager.

Hand-on CPR is only two steps — call 911 and push hard in the center of the chest. Each person that attended Monday’s sessions get a free kit that includes a mannequin and instructional DVD.

Registration is available online, and walk-ins are also welcome.