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American Medical Response hosts CPR challenge

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To celebrate EMS week, American Medical Response hosted it 5th annual CPR Challenge.  

Locally, AMR set up a booth inside of the Davis YMCA in Boardman on Thursday to educate people on hands-only CPR.

"Sometimes the ambulance may take four to eight minutes to get there.  Well, brain cells start dying very quickly.  So, we want to make sure that the patient's brain is getting enough oxygen and blood.  So, if we can teach people to do compressions and kind of mimic the heart, we can get some help with some defibrillation or medication we can get more patients alive," said Dawn Wrask with American Medical Response.

Annually, more than 320,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest.

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