Description:Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood. CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to “buy time” until normal heart function is restored.

Cardiac arrest is often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). When VF develops, the heart quivers and doesn't pump blood. The victim in VF cardiac arrest needs CPR and delivery of a shock to the heart, called defibrillation. Defibrillation eliminates the abnormal VF heart rhythm and allows the normal rhythm to resume. Defibrillation is not effective for all forms of cardiac arrest but it is effective to treat VF, the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.

CPR is offered as a free public service by CARS. The class is usually taught on the 2nd Saturady of each month, depending on classroom availability, and starts at 10:00. All course material is also provided for free. This class meets the requirements to start the EMT-B class.

Location: Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, 828 McIntire Road

For more information & to register (required): Contact our CPR Instruction Staff at cpr@rescue1.org.

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