Free CPR Training Offered for Local Businesses

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victorville) – Desert Valley Medical Group is offering free CPR training for Victor Valley businesses to help save lives in the community.  Due to the success of their annual Block Walk held in February, the money raised is being donated to pay for the certification and training materials for the CPR class.

“We’re taking the first 25 businesses that want to come to the class and help us save lives,” said Jana Bullock, spokesperson for Desert Valley Medical Group. “In honor of opening our new heart center we thought it would be a good idea to offer this training for free.  We decided to take the proceeds from the Block Walk to help pay for the certifications and the books.”

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.

American Medical Response (AMR) is partnering with DVMG to present the CPR certification class. It will be held Friday, March 16th, from 1-5pm at the Desert Valley Charitable Foundation on Bear Valley and 2nd in Victorville. “It is available to the first folks who call. We have a list going, but we do have some spots available,” said Bullock.

Call 760-241-8000, ext. 8531 if you or a business you know is interested in becoming CPR certified and will help save lives in the community!

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