Pumping more life into CPR

June 18, 2008 3:23:54 PM PDT
Philadelphia is first in nation for massive effort to give public employees skills to save lives.

It was an unexpected scene at Philadelphia City Hall today - dozen of city workers kneeling on the floor over mannequins.

But today, June 18th, was "CPR Training Day" in the city, and City Hall was one of the epicenters of activity.

In half-hour sessions, hundreds of workers learned basics of how to help save a life.

The day was a first in an American Heart Association initiative to train thousands of municipal employees across the country.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia also capitalized on the day, training nearly 4 dozen people. But the ripples will spread much further. Many of those employees went home with the AHA's "CPR Anytime Kit," with the assignment that each is to teach 10 more people.

The American Heart Association says over a-thousand people suffer cardiac arrest each year in Philadelphia, but the more people trained in CPR, the more lives that can be saved.