Date & Times of this year's event.
Saturday, February 5, 2011.
English language classes at 8, 9, & 10:00 a.m. Spanish Language class at 11:00 a.m.
About CPR Blitz

The Great Save-a-Life Blitz is a community-sponsored program intended to teach members of the public lifesaving skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), as well as provide educational information about how to respond to stroke or choking situations. Chief CPR Instructor, Pete Orgill, is a Davis High School teacher and coach. In the past 25 years, he has taught more than 30,000 people the basics of CPR. He envisions not only this annual February event, but systematic CPR/AED outreach to all Yakima-area high schools.

Hands-only CPR

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) changed its recommendations for CPR. Previously, the AHA recommended that people use the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) method of CPR to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest. However, they now believe that having rescuers first look, listen and feel for normal breathing causes significant delays in starting chest compressions. Changing the sequence so that rescuers begin chest compressions right away keeps oxygen-rich blood circulating through the body. Join us to learn more about changes to this life saving procedure.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart is often in a state of ventricular fibrillation (VF). In other words, the ventricles are "fluttering" rather than pumping blood. CPR can help circulate oxygen-rich blood to the brain. However, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), returning the heart to a normal rhythm requires a shock from a defibrillator.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device. An AED can check a person's heart rhythm and determine if it requires a shock. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to instruct the rescuer on steps to take. And best of all, the rescuer need not worry about incorrectly shocking someone-the device makes all the decisions for you.

We've created a FAQ page that can answer some of the most commonly asked questions about operating an AED, which are very accurate and easy to use. Join us and learn to operate an AED safely.


A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

There is a simple way to remember the sudden signs of stroke, and it's summed up in one word: FAST.

F=Face drooping. Ask the person to smile - is the smile uneven? Is their face drooping?

A=Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S=Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the personal unable to speak or hard to understand?

T=Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time to know when the first symptoms appeared.


If a person is conscious, but not able to breathe or talk, give up to five blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. If that doesn't work, perform abdominal thrusts (if the person is not pregnant or obese). Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around the waist. Place your clenched fist above the person's navel. Grabbing your fist with your other hand, pull inward and upward. Continue cycles of five back blows with five abdominal thrusts until the person starts to breathe or cough or the object is dislodged.

If the person is obese or pregnant, resort to high abdominal thrusts by placing the hands at the base of the breast bone and performing the same motions.

Give CPR if necessary - if the obstruction comes out, but the person is not breathing or is unconscious.