Forty-three Rotary clubs in Nebraska and Iowa are holding their district conference at Creighton University in Omaha this weekend. They are teaming with the American Red Cross for a very special event on Saturday. Spokesperson Richard Dinsdale says they will show attendees, as well as the public, in the life saving technique of “hands-only” CPR.
Dinsdale says, “We are hoping to get all the Rotarians there – and that should be about 500 people. Plus, we would like to get another thousand people from the Omaha to come in and spend a half-hour, 45 minutes with us to learn “hands-only CPR.”
Dinsdale says when emergency responders arrive at the scene of an incident when a heart has stopped beating, only about 35% of the time is someone doing something to help. The survival rate in our area is only seven to ten percent when that happens. He says if we could get CPR people involved at least 50% of the time, up to 450 lives could be saved in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln area alone.
The CPR classes will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harper Center on the Creighton Campus. Dinsdale says the Red Cross is also conducting a blood drive to address the current critical need. That will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the same location.