Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – About every 90 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.
During CPR Awareness Week, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Julia Thompson, a Manahawkin Girl Scout who wants to encourage residents to learn CPR to help save lives if there was an emergency.
Working with Mobile CPR of Ocean County, Thompson's Girl Scout Gold Award project is to try to get as many people in the community trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
"I want to try to get 1,000 people or more trained because it is an important skill and a great cause that can save a friend or family member," Thompson said.
A survey completed by the American Red Cross revealed that 25 percent of people have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. Many times, it is a love one such as a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
"Statistics show that each year, only about 10 percent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest survive," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "This project is a great start to help residents become more aware of what they can do to prevent a tragedy."
Mobile CPR of Ocean County is a non-profit organization that provides free CPR training to Ocean County residents. Their mission is to train the residents of Ocean County in the life saving skill of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, with the purpose of improving out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates.
"If CPR is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person's chance of survival," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Health Department.
Due to the vast majority of people not knowing how to react to the situation when someone suffers a cardiac arrest or fear that they will hurt the victim further, many sudden cardiac arrest victims do not receive immediate CPR that could save their life.
"The more residents who learn CPR, the better chance a victim will have of surviving until first responders arrive and take over," said Vicari.
For more information about Mobile CPR of Ocean County, visit www.mobilecproc.org.