LAFAYETTE— Cardiovascular Institute of the South and Lafayette General Health are presenting the 20th annual “Be a Heartstarter” Bystander CPR Training Event on Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m. at Blackham Coliseum at 2330 Johnston St. in Lafayette.
This free event offers bystander training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is used in emergent situations when breathing stops. The instruction will include hands-on CPR training for adult and infant/child victims, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to help someone who is choking. Please note this is a bystander training, and not a certified course.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt and a participation certificate. Visit https://www.beaheartstarter.org/ to register or learn additional information. For participants who are unable to kneel for the hands-on training, tables will be provided.
Seventy-five percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, and if no bystander CPR is provided, chances of survival are reduced seven to 10 percent with each minute of delay. Since this event began in 2000, Lafayette has seen a 20 percent increase in cardiac survival rates, and more than 20,000 Acadiana residents have been trained.
About Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 800 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 22 locations across Louisiana and Mississippi, seven of which offer telemedicine services. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 35 years of excellence. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit www.cardio.com.
About Lafayette General Health
Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned health system committed to delivering excellent care to Southwest Louisiana across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. The system’s flagship hospital is Lafayette General Medical Center, founded in 1911, which serves as the Level II Trauma Center for southwest Louisiana. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines. Lafayette General Health is a founding member of the Ochsner Health Network, a collaboration of leading health systems across the greater Gulf South region. LGMC ranked #17 in Top 100 Consumer Loyalty by NRC Health. Lafayette General Health has been named “Most Wired” by CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired since 2012. And for the last four years, LGH entities have been named among Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information about Lafayette General Health and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.