ASHLAND, Ore. – Performing CPR can mean the difference between life and death for someone going into cardiac arrest. That’s why a group of local nurses, firefighters and other health care professionals are getting together to teach the community CPR.
Sarah Carlyle is a registered nurse at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Sarah Carlyle works with the heart everyday. In the hospital, she has the tools to save lives.
“With the team, I can do anything, with the supplies, with the hospital we can do anything,” Carlyle said. “We can save lives and when you don’t have any of that back-up it definitely makes it scarier.”
Sarah didn’t have that back-up in may when her friend collapsed at church.
“I turned around, and right behind me she was slumped over, just completely unconscious and having a cardiac arrest, after talking to me going up the steps,” said Carlyle.
Sarah performed CPR on her friend. It’s something as a nurse she knew would make a life-saving difference. The Southern Oregon CPR Initiative wants to make sure members of the community can also jump in to save a life and they say it all starts with 7th graders. As part of the initiative, local health care providers use these kits to teach 7th graders what to do in a worst case scenario those kids then get homework to teach 5 more people.
The Drive One For Your Community Event is happening tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butler Ford in Ashland. For every test drive, $20 will go to the Southern Oregon C-P-R Initiative. The goal is to have 300 test drives to raise at least $6,000.