Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Few know CPR here, study finds
Cincinnatians seem reluctant to learn
BY MICHAEL D. CLARK
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Compared to residents in other cities, fewer Cincinnatians know how to administer emergency CPR, local health officials say.
According to preliminary findings of a national study being compiled by the American Heart Association (AHA), fewer than one in three Cincinnatians knows emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation methods that can save the life of a heart attack victim, said Alliea Phipps, a member of Operation Heartbeat, sponsored by the local AHA chapter.
One in two Seattle residents knows CPR, Ms. Phipps said.
Every 20 seconds an American dies of cardiac failure. |
70 percent to 80 percent of respiratory and cardiac arrests occur at home.
Two other common locations where people suffer heart attacks: golf courses and shopping malls.
Every year more than 5 million Americans receive CPR training from AHA officials.
Cardiac arrest may follow a heart attack, but it can also happen without warning.
Source: American Heart Association
Generally, people are reluctant to take time, often only a couple of hours, to learn CPR, she said.
It's like riding a bicycle. Once you know it, you know it for life.
Cincinnati Police Sgt. Ken Fenech learned CPR decades ago while in the Army and has used it many times to help save lives while on duty.
Sunday, a man collapsed at a recreational basketball league game in Loveland High School. Mr. Fenech entered the gym to play basketball and was immediately besieged by players, none of whom knew CPR.
They were asking everyone who came in if they knew CPR. I started doing compression on the man's chest, and I asked another player to help by breathing into his mouth, he said of the victim, who remains hospitalized in serious condition.
CPR kept the man breathing until paramedics arrived and applied electric shock to regulate his heart beat. CPR is certainly a lifesaver. I've lost relatives to heart attacks, Mr. Fenech said. If CPR is started early enough, you can get their heart going again. It's not a hard thing to learn.
But it is quick reaction, with CPR knowledge, that saves lives, said Jerry Lautz, Cincinnati district chief of emergency medical services.
Chief Lautz said the study of Cincinnati's CPR knowledge is preliminary, but his experience is that some people who don't know CPR are often reluctant to perform the lifesaving technique because they worry they may injure the heart attack victim's ribs by pumping the chest.
Or they are reluctant to do mouth-to-mouth, he said.
But he reminds people that they may be able to save a loved one's life some day with CPR techniques.
On Feb. 5, the AHA and the Ohio Heart Health Center will sponsor free classes at five Greater Cincinnati locations. For information, call (800) 242-8721 or 281-4048.
CPS endorses 3 charter schools
CPS teachers may walk
Search ends with CSO landing its choice
'Chemistry' drew new maestro
CSO is what he was looking for
Santa photo sparks nice, naughty claims
Crossroads turns corner with HQ buy
Bauer's hard work may be for naught
$186M more for higher ed
Death of recent grad stuns Lakota
Few know CPR here, study finds
Moment of anguish; momentous decision
Officials share ideas on gangs
Sizing up schools tricky
The kid can play
'Gay-frat' tag source of disagreement
Norwood Boxing Club may get new home - in Norwood
Dressing warm may be challenge this week
Firefighter charged with DUI
Man pleads guilty in fatal robbery
Mason Council OKs police deal
Monmouth St. signs may face curbs
Older adults' WMKV-FM going on Web
Owner told to pay double deposits
Sierra Club: Air still dirty
Anti-drug group upset by inquiry
Chanticleer choir captures full cathedral
Fair to highlight community service
Few want back on children's board
Guilty plea in endangerment
Kentucky filmmaker tells 'difficult' story
Local man faces attempted murder charge
Men indicted in holdup, assault cases
GET TO IT