A big boost from Woodbury Days has pushed the city’s goal to train 7,000 people in hands-only CPR past the halfway point.
City Administrator Clint Gridley at the Sept. 12 Woodbury City Council meeting reported that 713 people were trained during the three-day festival.
Following Woodbury Days, 3,749 people had been trained since the city began its Take Heart Woodbury campaign.
And with additional sessions held over the past weekend and more scheduled in the coming weeks, Woodbury officials believe they will be able to hit the goal.
“Hands-only” refers to CPR that is done without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It is a two-step technique that involves calling 911 and pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim's chest until help arrives.
For those looking to learn hands-only CPR, check out the city’s webpage dedicated to the effort. It has information about upcoming events and how people can schedule their own “Save a Life Party.”
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