The entertaining bustle of Fremont Street Experience is serving as an ideal backdrop for a free CPR training session being offered on Wednesday.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the American Heart Association are administering a hands-only CPR training class from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fourth and Fremont streets, in front of the Slotzilla structure.
Attendees of the short classes will be given a free CPR training kit, valued at $35.
Organizers noted the public event will be using the Bee Gees song Stayin' Alive as a guideline to the chest compressions. They explain the song, which is at 100 beats per minute, has the rate at which you the compression should made in the technique.
Organizers also noted the importance of CPR training as nearly 360,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrests away from the hospital each year. About 90 percent of those patients die because they don't receive immediate CPR.
Wednesday's offering follows the city of Las Vegas' launch of a mobile phone application that connects CPR-trained people to those in need of the life-saving technique.
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