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CPR Saturday Preview

KCTU-TV’s Sheryl Nutt and Melinda Bass, Kansas Heart Hospital

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2012, Kansas Heart Hospital and the Flint Hills Division of the American Heart Association will co-sponsor “CPR Saturday” to be held at the Kansas Heart Office Plaza which is adjacent to and right behind the Kansas Heart Hospital. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and finish at noon.

KCTU-TV’s Sheryl Nutt interviewed Melinda Bass RN, BSN, Staff Development Coordinator at the Kansas Heart Hospital today. After her TV interview Newsbeat caught up with Melinda.

Newsbeat: “What is “CPR Saturday?”

Melinda: “It is an educational and fun event for the whole family.”

Newsbeat: “What can you learn there?”

Melinda: “We’ll talk about heart disease…..for instance, it is not a well known fact that 88% of all cardiac arrests occur in the home and about 380,000 people die suddenly before ever reaching a hospital. Teaching activities including basic CPR training for infants and adults as well as choking maneuvers will be taught. AED instructional use will be provided for the automated external defibrillator (AED). Also you can have your blood pressure checked.”

Newsbeat: “What about activities for the kids?”

Melinda: “I’m glad you asked. There will be a “Kids’ Zone” where there is a physical play area and free treats….for kids and adults.”

Newsbeat: “Any specific “takeaways” for the attendees?”

Melinda: “In the past visitors have truly enjoyed the participation of the Wichita Fire Department and the Sedgwick County EMS folks. The quality of the educational programs provided in a friendly family atmosphere has drawn back repeat visitors over the past three years.”

Newsbeat: “Thank-you, Melinda, for your time. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

To register for this event please click here.  To watch Melinda’s live interview, click on video Gallery in The Pulse section.