Monday, October 20, 2008


Did you know that Seattle has one of the highest rates of CPR training in the nation? Lucky for us. According to the American Heart Association, in cities such as Seattle, where CPR training is widespread and EMS response time is short, survival rates are about 30%.

Contrast that to New York City, where few victims receive bystander CPR, and time to EMS response time is longer. Survival rates there average only 1–2%.

But is bystander CPR as common in our limited English speaking immigrant communities? Do individuals in these communities have the same survival rates as the general population?

In order to increase our odds of survival, CISC's International Family Center-Seattle offers free CPR training to the community
. Last Saturday we had a number of individuals take advantage of this opportunity.

And just for your information if you're going to have a heart attack, CISC is not a bad place to be. All staff receive regular training in CPR and first aid.

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