Participants in an annual event put on by the Cardiovascular Institute of the South and Lafayette General Health know how to better respond to medical emergencies.
The 18th Annual “Be a HeartStarter” CPR training held at Blackham Coliseum gave guests hands-on training with the use of CPR manikins.
They learned how to perform CPR on infants, children and adults, how to respond in a situation when someone is choking, and how to work an automated external defibrillator.
A spokesperson at the event says the skills learned today could possibly save a life.
“Seventy percent of cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital, and so this is a way to teach people how to intervene, how to hopefully keep somebody alive long enough to get them to a medical professional and hopefully to a hospital facility,” said interventional cardiologist David Homan.