RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — People who took to the streets of Carytown for a summer stroll Thursday afternoon may have had an unusual surprise.
The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the American Heart Association held a CPR training event on Cary Street. Emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals gave bystanders a quick lesson in lifesaving technique.
Harold Mayfield of Richmond Ambulance Authority is a trained paramedic. He said a disaster can strike at any time and it is important that ordinary citizens have enough knowledge of emergency response procedures, such as CPR, to be able to care for a victim. while trained medical experts are en route.
“Nine times out of ten, CPR, you’re going to have to do it. It won’t be in the hospital,” Mayfield said.
CPR guidelines traditionally include a mouth-to-mouth element to the process. Mayfield said that in an effort to make the technique more accessible and doable for the average person, they now teach a “hands-only” approach, focusing on chest compressions.
Representatives of the pop-up event say that when it comes to educating and preparing members of the public for emergency response scenarios, every step forward makes a difference.
“One person at a time,” Mayfield said. “If we take one person at a time, if they learn it, and they want to excel at it – or even have a better understanding – that helps. One person could potentially save multiple people just by knowing [CPR].”