It’s a scenario no one wants to encounter. You’re on the bus, a plane, at work, at home, in a restaurant, at a game, getting groceries, or perhaps taking a walk around the lake when suddenly someone collapses. The closest person screams,
“Does anyone know CPR?!?”
Would you be able to help?
If you’re at the Minnesota Twins game Sept. 6 your odds of knowing how to react and respond will greatly improve—knowledge that could potentially save the lives of 900 people each day that would otherwise die of sudden cardiac arrest.
In an effort to train over 1,000 baseball fans to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the Twins teamed up with the American Heart Association and Minneapolis Heart Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital with a special “CPR Anytime” ticket package. CPR Anytime, developed by the American Heart Association, is a self-directed personal CPR training kit. Over 500 kits will be distributed to families prior to the game.
“Spending a few minutes learning this training could potentially save a life,” says Dr. Kevin Graham, president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute. The training session will take place in the picnic pavilion at the Metrodome, with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics teaching the training. When it comes to administering CPR, “the battle is often won or lost in the field. It doesn’t always happen in a hospital setting,” explains Dr. Graham. It is often innocent bystanders, EMTs, or paramedics who are the first to respond and administer CPR.
The event is a great example of how the Minnesota Twins partner with a wide variety of organizations, says Cassie Wieberdink, group sales representative for the Minnesota Twins.
“CPR is a life-saving skill, and the more people we can make aware, the better off we will all be. This is a ‘win-win’ for the Twins, the American Heart Association, the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and the community.”
Depending on seating location, a family four-pack of tickets (upper club section) is $53; tickets for a family of four sitting in the lower reserved section are $85. Tickets include one CPR Anytime Kit per family, training, and access to the “Doctor is in Stations” prior to the baseball game. To order tickets, call 1-800-33-TWINS or visit Twinsbaseball.com.
A special thank-you to General Mills and St. Jude Medical for offering to provide heart-healthy snacks and water at the Sept. 6 event.