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UC Doc Gives City Council Lesson on Bystander CPR

By Katy Cosse
Published May 2010

UC Health recently partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) to host a CPR training event for City of Cincinnati council members on April 14 at City Hall.

The goal was to increase awareness of the importance of bystander CPR in Cincinnati.

UC emergency medicine associate professor Donald Locasto, MD  (left), led the training with Doug Martin and Lori Fovel, both of the AHA, and Michael Washington, of the CFD.  Council members who participated include Jeff Berding and Laketa Cole.

Locasto, who also serves as CFD medical director, says the average performance rate of bystander CPR from cities that participate in a cardiac arrest registry is 25 percent.

A cardiac arrest victim in Cincinnati only gets bystander CPR 12.5 percent of the time, half the rate seen in other cities.

Of the patients that received bystander CPR in Cincinnati, their survival rate was increased by almost 6 percent.

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