NDSC, Matro Ambulance partner to make Bismarck/Mandan cardiac ready

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Safety Council says last year 116 cardiac arrests in Bismarck and Mandan happened outside of a hospital. That gave them the idea to make everyone a first responder, sort of. The ND Safety Council and Metro Area Ambulance Service want to turn the area into a Cardiac Ready Community.

“If we can get more people to learn hands-only CPR, more of the community to know where AEDs are located, the higher likelihood that victims of cardiac arrest are going to get to walk out of the hospital,” said Metro Area Ambulance Operations Chief Dan Schaefer.

The Safety Council says your chances of surviving a cardiac event decrease 10 percent every minute you go without treatment.