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Do you know how to do CPR?

Wake County EMS leaders (and a panda bear) show the proper way to do CPR to 'Stayin' Alive'

Jeffrey Hammerstein, right, chief of community outreach for Wake County Emergency Medical Services, Sarah Plentl and a panda mascot demonstrate the proper way to do CPR.
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Jeffrey Hammerstein, right, chief of community outreach for Wake County Emergency Medical Services, Sarah Plentl and a panda mascot demonstrate the proper way to do CPR.

Wake County Emergency Medical Services wants you to know how to do CPR.

The agency did CPR demonstrations during an open house from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at Station 1 on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh. Visitors could also check out an ambulance and get their blood pressure checked.

To do CPR on someone who has stopped breathing, place the palms of your hands in the center of the person’s sternum, said Jeffrey Hammerstein, chief of community outreach for Wake County EMS. Then press down firmly at a rate of 100 times a minute. To keep the proper timing, Hammerstein said, sing the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.”

The event is part of National EMS Week, and Wake wants to celebrate survivors of cardiac arrest. In 2016, 91 people cared for by Wake EMS survived cardiac arrest, said Jeffrey Hammerstein, chief of community outreach.

The 11th annual Cardiac Arrest Save celebration will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Meymandi Concert Hall downtown. Cardiac arrest survivors from last year will be invited to speak.

“It’s usually just people crying all over the place,” Hammerstein said. “Very inspirational stories.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Nagem: 919-829-4635, @sarah_nagem

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