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  • The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is inviting members of the public to join the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) mass training session on Saturday (June 18), at 28 Beechwood Avenue, in Kingston.
  • The week is being observed under the theme ‘Don’t Drop the Beat: Know it! Push it! Keep it! Feel It’.
  • “Each minute that you do not do CPR on an unresponsive person, their chance of survival falls by seven to 10 per cent,” he said.

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is inviting members of the public to join the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) mass training session on Saturday (June 18), at 28 Beechwood Avenue, in Kingston.

The training session, scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., forms part of the Foundation’s CPR Awareness Week from June 12-18.

The week is being observed under the theme ‘Don’t Drop the Beat: Know it! Push it! Keep it! Feel It’.

Director of Emergency Cardiac Care at the Heart Foundation, Dr. Hugh Wong, said Saturday’s training is tailored for persons without medical experience.

“Four out of five persons experience cardiac arrest at their homes or workplace; therefore, it is imperative that every Jamaican is taught how to perform CPR to prevent unnecessary deaths,” he said while speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 14.

Dr. Wong explained that CPR is most effective immediately after a person collapses.

“Each minute that you do not do CPR on an unresponsive person, their chance of survival falls by seven to 10 per cent,” he said.

He noted that the Heart Foundation is also mindful of the concern that persons may have about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, so the Foundation emphasises the effectiveness of good chest compressions only.

The mass training session on Saturday will be offered at a discounted rate of $1,000.

For further details, interested persons may contact the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at 876-906-7156 or cpr@heartfoundationja.org.