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Posted October 18, 2012

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Employees Can Learn 'New' CPR During Health Fair

Dr. Barry Ramo will join Superintendent Brooks to kick off the annual Employee Health Fair and encourage employees to participate in Project Heart Start on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

APS employees will have an opportunity to learn the new form of CPR called Compression-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation during three sessions being taught Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of the Employee Health Fair.

Called Project Heart Start, the classes teaching the new form of CPR will be taught at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at City Centre. No need to sign up; participation is free and on a walk-in basis.

Dr. Barry Ramo will join Superintendent Winston Brooks at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to kick off the annual Employee Health Fair and encourage employees to participate in Project Heart Start.

Dr. Ramo, a staff cardiologist for the New Mexico Heart Institute, is often featured on Action 7 News discussing health issues from the latest treatments for diabetes to the best ways to lose weight. He is an advocate of the new form of CPR.

Project Heart Start teaches that when an adult suddenly collapses, the rescuer should call 911 and then compress the chest hard and fast at around 100 compressions a minute. This means no more fumbling around trying to find a pulse, no mouth‐to‐mouth breathing and no complicated sequences to remember. It is easy to learn and more importantly, easy to remember.

Project Heart Start will focus on three aspects of saving a life:

  • Calling 911 immediately
  • Beginning chest compressions at the rate of 100 or more per minute until emergency medical personnel arrive.
  • Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) if available.
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