“Stayin’ Alive” with Hands-Only CPR

Training provides attendees with the skills to perform hands-only CPR. 

Baltimore County Health Officer, Dr. Gregory Branch, trained and certified MACo Winter Conference attendees on hands-only CPR using the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive”.

Dr. Branch instructs attendees as they prepare to put their portable CPR training dolls to use.
Dr. Branch instructs attendees as they prepare to put their portable CPR training dolls to use.

About 40 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and just over nine out of 10 do not survive, according to American Heart Association statistics. People who live in African-American, Hispanic, and lower-income neighborhoods are more likely than others to die from a cardiac arrest – they are also 30% less likely to have someone stop and perform CPR. Bystander CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.

CPR training dolls awaiting action.
CPR training dolls awaiting action.

This training, which was provided by the Maryland Association of County Health Officers (MACHO), was offered on Thursday, December 8.  

The 2016 MACo Winter Conference was held December 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme was “An Ounce of Prevention.”