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KCK working to become a HeartSafe Community

To date, 4,500 people in the Kansas City, Kansas, area have learned to do hands-only CPR, thanks to a partnership between The University of Kansas Hospital and the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. HeartSafe is a public health initiative to increase survival rates for those who experience sudden, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or heart attack.

When the heart suddenly stops, survival depends upon immediate lifesaving intervention. HeartSafe aims to improve the odds of survival by training residents to:

  • Recognize heart attack symptoms
  • Take step-by-step action, including calling 911
  • Administer hands-only CPR 
  • Use an AED or automated external defibrillator

HeartSafe uses hands-only CPR. There is no test or certification – just critically important information that empowers you to provide lifesaving assistance immediately and until emergency services technicians arrive.

HeartSafe Community is an educational outreach program for residents of Kansas City, Kansas. It is made available through a partnership between Kansas City Kansas Fire Department and The University of Kansas Hospital.