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Learn to Save a Life This October

Mount Sinai Health System urges the general public, especially students, to learn lifesaving CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator to reduce sudden cardiac death rates.

Newswise — NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2018) - The Mount Sinai Health System will host free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) fairs this October, to increase the community's knowledge about sudden cardiac arrest and how to save more lives from it by teaching lifesaving hands-only CPR and the proper use of an automated external defibrillator.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when a person's heart abruptly stops beating, and may be caused by a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm, a genetic predisposition, or for no explained reason. Each year, more than 350,000 adults and children die unexpectedly from sudden cardiac arrest.

Mount Sinai invites students at area schools and community members to attend its CPR Awareness Fairs. Attendees will be taught by Mount Sinai Health System's cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, emergency medicine experts, and other staffers, who will demonstrate hands-only CPR and automated external defibrillator technology. Attendees will also be able to explore the inside of a Mount Sinai ambulance.

"Mount Sinai's CPR Awareness Fairs are very important to show adults and children how to save a life during an emergency," says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System. "If CPR and/or an automated external defibrillator is used within minutes to resuscitate a person who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest, it may save their life."

Mount Sinai CPR Awareness Fairs will take place on Wednesday, October 17, at these locations:

The Mount Sinai Hospital
11 am – 2 pm
1468 Madison Avenue Guggenheim Pavilion, Lobby

Mount Sinai St. Luke's
11 am – 2 pm
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street Babcock Lobby, First Floor

Mount Sinai West
11 am – 2 pm
1000 Tenth Avenue at West 58th Street
Main Lobby

Mount Sinai Beth Israel
11 am – 1 pm
1 Nathan D. Perlman Place
First Floor Bernstein Building