On Friday, Aug. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Multi-Township EMS is holding a Nelson’s Chicken BBQ at 2304 E. Center St., Warsaw.
The fundraiser is for the One Heart Foundation that was developed by MTEMS to help improve cardiac arrest survival in Kosciusko and Marshall counties. Cost is $6 per half chicken.
The money from the chicken barbecue raised will go to teaching bystander CPR. We have set a goal of teaching 5000 bystanders in 2013. As of July Multi-Township EMS has taught 2500 people CPR.
Each year, approximately 300,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; approximately 92 percent of persons who experience the event die. An OHCA is defined as cessation of cardiac mechanical activity that occurs outside of the hospital setting and is confirmed by the absence of signs of circulation.
Whereas an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest can occur from noncardiac causes the majority (70 percent to 85 percent) of such events have a cardiac cause. The majority of persons who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest event do not receive bystander-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other timely interventions that are known to improve the likelihood of survival to hospital discharge. Because nearly half of cardiac arrest events are witnessed, efforts to increase survival rates should focus on timely and effective delivery of interventions by bystanders and emergency medical services personnel.
For more information, contact MTEMS.