Ridgeview Medical Center trains Belle Plaine students in Compression-Only CPR

Waconia, Minn. (Nov. 16, 2012)—Sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes—but with just ONE minute of training, anyone could save another 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—under the direction of Ridgeview Medical Center paramedics, EMTs, members of the Belle Plaine Fire and Police departments, and other volunteers—hands-on training was provided to nearly 500 Belle Plaine High School students (grades 9-12).

At the Friday, Nov. 16 program, students viewed 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. Ridgeview Medical Center emergency department, Ridgeview paramedics and emergency medical staff were available to answer questions.  Students also received AED training during the two-hour program.

In addition, Ken Wick, director of information technology at Belle Plaine School District and a junior high football coach, spoke to the students. Wick survived a cardiac arrest during football practice on Sept. 11, 2012, and shared how his fellow coaches, emergency response personnel and an AED helped to save his life.

This training meets a new Minnesota law—signed by Governor Mark Dayton in April—requiring all Minnesota school districts (starting in 2014) to provide compression-only CPR and AED training to students in grades 7–12 at least once before they graduate. The Nov. 16 training event meets that requirement for Belle Plaine Schools.

“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 showed the students 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 the Carver County Fair in 2011 and nearly 2,000 people at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair using the same training model. “While watching a brief video demonstrating this technique doesn’t replace formal CPR training, it can save lives,” Dr. Sipprell said.

The training video and additional information are available at www.ridgeviewmedical.org/cpr

This educational training event is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Medtronic Inc.’s Heart Rescue Project, http://www.mrc.umn.edu/.

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 multispecialty clinics and services. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

*American Heart Association, 2008 JAMA study.