CPR instructor to give free lessons in Newnan

by Wes Mayer


A shopper performs chest compressions on a dummy in Ashley Park. Similar CPR training will be given on the Court Square. 

Expect free, hands-only cardio-pulminary resuscitation (CPR) training lessons in downtown Newnan this weekend.

On Saturday, Sam Conner, owner of Newnan CPR, will begin randomly offering free lessons to anyone interested who is walking around the Newnan Court Square. Conner has been teaching CPR in an emergency response class for 11 years, and recently began volunteering his time to teach hands-only CPR, learning how to properly perform chest compressions, for free.

“I would like to improve the survivability rate in this county,” Conner said, “and the only way is by educating our citizens.”

According to Conner, most Americans believe the survivability rate of cardiac arrest is around 75 percent — on TV, it appears to be around 95 percent. In truth, he said, the national survivability rate of cardiac arrest victims is less than 8 percent, and the survivability rate is only around 2 percent in the greater Atlanta area.

According to Conner, some areas of the country have a more than 50 percent survival rate, so there is no reason Coweta County and the Atlanta area should be so low.

Cardiac arrest is the number one killer of Americans, Conner said, primarily because less than 30 percent of victims of cardiac arrest receive aid from bystanders.

Most people often consider themselves too busy to spend three hours learning CPR, but Conner said if most people took a few minutes of their time to learn hands-only CPR, doing chest compressions for the five to seven minutes before emergency medical assistance arrives can save a vast majority of lives.

“Your brain without oxygen is like a time bomb,” Conner said. “If you do not receive aid within five minutes, you are not likely to survive.”

Conner recently set up a free training area in Ashley Park shopping center in August and trained 43 people in a little under two hours.

He is hoping to set up in downtown Newnan twice a month, and is planning on making Saturday his first day.

Conner said he will be downtown between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. and will be sticking to the shady areas of the square.

“I believe it would work pretty well if everyone knew hands-on CPR,” Conner said.

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