The Codman Square Neighborhood Council is made up of residents and community partners seeking to improve living and working in Codman Square. It leads efforts to improve the quality of life in the Codman Square community and works to empower residents through communication with community partners, merchants, government departments, elected officials, etc. to move Codman Square forward.
We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Join the meeting.
If the person you loved most was counting on you to save their life, could you?
This is what Dr. Anezi Uzendu, an Interventional Cardiology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, asked residents during a virtual hands only CPR training on January 7th. This training was organized by the Codman Square Neighborhood Council and led by Make BLS Basic. The free CPR Anytime Kits were provided by the American Heart Association for participants to practice with at home. Dr. Uzendu, founder of Make BLS Basic, provided this training with his team at Massachusetts General Hospital free of charge to us. It is his way of paying it forward after surviving cardiac arrest at the age of 25, while playing basketball. During the training, we learned that there are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the U.S. and nearly 90% of them are fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics—2019 Update. We were also reminded that in Black and low income communities, the likelihood of survival is even less. Dr. Uzendu explained that a major reason for these staggering numbers is that few bystanders perform CPR while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive. Unfortunately, by the time they arrive, it is often too late. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within eight to 10 minutes. We learned that it is better to do something than to do nothing at all. Everyone who signed up for the training received a free CPR Anytime Practice Kit to practice with at home. We were led step-by-step on hand placement, cadence of compressions, and pressure to get oxygenated blood to the brain and other vital organs. I am CPR certified and still found this training to be very beneficial. The CPR Anytime Kit allows me to continue to practice anytime. Residents found the training to be engaging and very informative. It was a great way to connect with neighbors and learn an extremely useful skill.
We want to thank Dr. Uzendu and his team for empowering us to save lives in our community. Having the skills to perform life saving CPR must become basic for us all.
Cynthia Loesch-Johnson Codman Square Neighborhood Council, President Dorchester Resident
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