On the final night of the Baseball College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, last month the announcers, the fans, and the players were all reminded of how important CPR classes can be. As it turns out, one of the biggest stories of the final series was the fact that three LSU fans were able to save the life of a Florida fan.
On the night of the first game of the championship series, an LSU fan who was a doctor, and who just happened to be the father of one of the LSU pitchers, came to the rescue of the Florida fan who had passed out in his seat and stopped breathing. Aided by two other LSU fans, the doctor was able to perform CPR until the ambulance crew arrived. By that time the patient had a pulse again.
Although the winners of the 2017 College World Series Title was the Florida Gators, the sporting world who listened to the story of the CPR rescue know that when it comes to life and death situations, it really does not matter what team you are on.
Everyone Should Get Certified in Life Saving CPR Training
Attending a CPR licensed course can help you prepare for the unexpected. During summer when more and more people are subject to life threatening health problems caused by both heat and swimming, CPR classes are especially important. Consider some of these statistics about the importance of CPR training:
- 522 lives can be saved a year in the U.S. and Canada by widespread public placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to heart experts.
- 300,000 Americans from all age groups die each year from sudden cardiac death.
- 12 million people receive American Heart Association CPR training every year.
- 70% of Americans either do not know, or have forgotten, how to administer CPR.
- 92% of people recognized chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack, according to a 2005 survey.
- Only 27% of respondents knew all of the major symptoms of a heart attack, according to a 2005 survey.
- Survival rates more than doubled in errant heart rhythm or heart attack victims when AEDs were used by bystanders.
- A person’s chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest incident drops 10% every 60 seconds defibrillation is delayed.
- CPR recertification classes should be taken every two years.