Premera Blue Cross, American Red Cross sponsoring free CPR training April 21, 30

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red crossPremera Blue Cross and American Red Cross have partnered to provide South Snohomish County residents with two opportunities for free hands-only CPR training in April. The events will be held Thursday, April 21 at Edmonds Community College (sessions start at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.) and Saturday, April 30 at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites Hotel (sessions start at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.). Premera will provide free first aid kits to all attendees at both events.

“By helping increase the number of county residents who are CPR trained, we can support the goal of increasing sudden cardiac arrest survival rates,” said Jennie Clinton, business continuity director for Premera Blue Cross.

More than 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests occur at home and according to the Resuscitation Research Group, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest outside a hospital was found to be twice as high when bystanders performed continuous chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breathing, as compared to when bystanders performed standard CPR.

“Premera and the American Red Cross share a mission to ensure the safety of our community,” said Chuck Morrison, executive director of the American Red Cross serving Snohomish County.

Hands-only CPR training is far more likely to be used with a family member or co-worker than with a perfect stranger, Morrison explained. “Premera’s gift of training is truly a gift for the entire family.”

Clinton added: “Our Premera Blue Cross team is pleased to have a strong partnership with American Red Cross. Improving our customers’ lives and the health of our community is at the center of all we do. We are proud to support hands-only CPR training, and to further Red Cross’ preparedness mission.”

Individuals may register online at http://www.redcross.org/local/wa/northwestregion/news-events. Look for the April 21 and April 30 CPR training events. Those without access to the internet can call 425-740-2323 to register.

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