AU Campus Wellness hosts free hands-only CPR training

9/25/19 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Campus Wellness will host the American Heart Association and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation as the two organizations team up to offer FREE hands-only CPR and AED training as part of a mobile tour that will stop at the University’s Rec Center on King Road Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

 To pre-register for one of the 30-minute training sessions, go to The first 250 participants will receive a hands-only CPR Anytime Training Kit that they can use to extend this life-saving skill to family and friends. In addition, each session will include a question-and-answer segment with prizes and other giveaways.

When a person collapses, hands-only CPR can be performed in two easy steps: first, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the person’s chest until help arrives. The training sessions will use music with 100 to 120 beats per minute, the same rate at which the chest is pressed during CPR. A study published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine shows that people are more likely to remember the chest compression rate when they are trained using a familiar song.

In addition to the training sessions, the mobile tour will feature an AED Learning Lab, a Mobile Kiosk Learning Lab and a social media station where participants can post about their training experience.

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital, according to the Association, and 90 percent of them will end in death. But CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple the chances of survival.

“With about 70 percent of cardiac arrests occurring at home, a person will likely be trying to save the life of someone they know and love if they’re called on to perform hands-only CPR,” said American Heart Association-Central Ohio executive director Brenda Houston. “The Association urges the public to get training, because we need more life savers in our community to be prepared to spring into action if they see a person suffer a cardiac emergency.”