Greenwich joins Hands for Life Event — CPR training

The City of Stamford is announcing that the communities of Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan are joining this year’s Hands for Life event. Organizers hope to train 10,000 people in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at Hands for Life this September at Westhill High School.

“I am proud that Stamford is a regional leader for this important, life-saving effort,” said Stamford Mayor David Martin. “We are excited to have the towns of Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan joining this year’s Hands for Life event, and hope to see their participation in future events as well. This initiative, with support from Stamford Hospital, Stamford EMS and so many others, demonstrates our community’s commitment to make ours a healthier place to work and live.”

According to Thomas Nero, MD, Stamford Cardiologist and Co-chair of Hands for Life, what began as training for a few people at a time has grown significantly. In fact, since its inception nearly 10,000 people in Stamford and surrounding communities have already been trained, making lower Fairfield County a safer and more heart-healthy place.

“Statistics show that bystander CPR can more than double a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest,” Nero said. “All you have to do is ask yourself, ‘if you saw someone you love having a heart attack, wouldn’t you want to know what to do?’ I think that would be enough to motivate just about anyone to come to this event.”

This effort between Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan and Stamford comes on the heels of a new statewide curriculum change for students to receive CPR training in health class prior to high school graduation. This curriculum change will go into effect on July 1, 2016 but is not retroactive.

Hands for Life is a quick, easy and convenient way to learn life-saving, hands-only CPR or to brush up on the technique, as it is a skill improved with practice. In just 15-minute sessions, participants will be given step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how to administer hands-only CPR by trainers dedicated to making Stamford and surrounding towns heart-healthy communities.

“As a cardiologist and someone who is passionate about teaching others CPR, I fully support the new law and will do whatever I can to help with training,” added Nero. “I think this is an important step in ensuring healthier communities across the state.”

A number of Hands for Life events will be held throughout the week of Sept. 21, culminating with a headline event on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Westhill High School. All Hands for Life events are free and no registration is required. Please visit HandsForLife.org or contact Hands for Life organizers at [email protected] for additional information.

About Hands for Life Stamford 2015

Developed in 2009, Hands for Life is a free CPR training event that can teach anyone to be a life saver. This year, Hands for Life Stamford, organized by The City of Stamford in collaboration with Stamford EMS, Stamford Hospital, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Stamford Public Schools, The Ferguson Library, Avon Theater Film Center and other community partners, has set a goal of training over 10,000 people in compression-only CPR and the use of external defibrillators. To learn more about Hands for Life 2015 and get involved, visit www.HandsforLife.org or contact Hands for Life organizers at [email protected]

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