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Release: March 7, 2000

Operation Save A Life to hold life-saving event March 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Operation Save A Life will hold a special life-saving event for the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at West High School in Iowa City. The session may help make the difference between life and death for someone you love.

Participants will have an opportunity to receive blood pressure checks, purchase a bicycle helmet for a child, and view emergency responding units and other medical-related displays. Perhaps the most important element of the event is the opportunity to receive free CPR training. The class is designed to provide the average person with the skills to save a life.

"CPR can make all the difference in the world to a loved one, friend or co-worker. CPR bridges the gap between the time a person's heart stops and help arrives," said Ginny Henry, community training center coordinator in the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resource Center in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "Most of the time, the person who administers CPR knows the person who is in trouble. Each minute that passes without CPR lowers the person's chances of surviving."

The event is sponsored by the Johnson County Ambulance Service, the Iowa City Fire Department, Mercy Hospital and University of Iowa Health Care. You can register for the CPR class by calling (319) 356-6013, but walk-ins are also welcome.

For additional information, contact Ginny Henry at (319) 356-7495 or Tom Moore at
(319) 356-3945.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.