Learn CPR in One Minute

Waconia, Minn. (Aug. 21, 2012)—Sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes—but with just ONE minute of training, YOU could save a person’s life. If administered within minutes of seeing an adult collapse, compression-only CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. The process involves two simple steps, and will be among the offerings at the Minnesota State Fair on the Governor’s Fire Prevention Day, Friday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ridgeview's tent will be near the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair grounds, along Dan Patch Avenue; look for the “Learn CPR Here” banners.

Fair-goers will view a one-minute video explaining the simple two-step process of compression-only CPR: if you see an adult collapse, call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast on the center of his or her chest. A Ridgeview Medical Center emergency department physician, Ridgeview paramedics and emergency medical staff will be available to answer questions.

“Over the last five years, we’ve learned that performing even just chest compressions on adults suffering cardiac arrest is vitally important to saving lives,” said Ridgeview emergency department physician Kevin Sipprell, MD, Emergency Physicians & Consultants, P.A. “The video we’ll show at the State Fair describes the steps that anyone, at any age, can take and help save a life.”

Ridgeview Medical Center trained more than 3,000 people at its local Carver County Fair in 2011 using the same training model. “While watching a brief video demonstrating this technique doesn’t replace formal CPR training, it can save lives,” Sipprell said.

About Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care network located just 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multi-specialty clinics and services.

Ridgeview Medical Center offers 24/7 emergency care in both Waconia and Chaska, and 24/7 urgent care in Chaska. For emergency care, visit the Emergency Department at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia or Two Twelve Medical Center, located at Highways 212 and 41 in Chaska. For urgent care, visit Ridgeview Urgent Care at Two Twelve Medical Center.

For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

About the Governor’s Fire Prevention Day

The 14th annual Governor’s Fire Prevention Day will take place on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Minnesota State Fair, once again bringing the fire safety message to over 100,000 people in a single day. It is a fun-filled, action-packed event, offering opportunities for families to learn about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment.