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Published on October 14, 2015

Booth at the State Fair Will Train Bystanders on CPR Basics in 2-3 Minutes

RALEIGH, N.C. – Visitors to this year’s North Carolina State Fair can learn how to save a life in 2-3 minutes. A booth sponsored by Rex Healthcare (Rex) and North Carolina Heart & Vascular (NCHV) will provide free CPR training to fairgoers. More than 140 volunteers will teach the basics of simple, compression-only CPR – a skill that can double or triple the odds of survival for someone in sudden cardiac arrest.

WHAT: The Rex/NCHV CPR booth will offer free and easy hands-only CPR training to the public. In 2-3 minutes, volunteers will show fairgoers how to respond to a teen or adult cardiac arrest emergency. Fairgoers who participate receive “hands-on” practice and free prizes.

WHERE: The booth is located in spaces 37-38 in the corner of the Education Building, near Gate 12, close to the intersection of Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street. The physical address is 1025 Blue Ridge Road.

WHEN: The booth will offer CPR training every day the Fair is open, Oct. 15-25.

WHO: More than 140 volunteers will offer training on what a bystander can do if someone’s heart suddenly stops beating. It’s a fun, interactive and easy experience – with free prizes!

“We need to dispel the myths and fears of bystander CPR,” said Dr. James Jollis, a cardiologist with North Carolina Heart & Vascular, a cardiology practice with 15 locations across Central and Eastern North Carolina. “I’ve treated many patients who would not have made it, if not for a bystander starting compressions after calling 911. Other countries have much higher rates of bystander CPR, and much higher survival rates.”

For more information, visit MEDIA NOTE: Reporters can learn the basics of bystander CPR, talk with experts about why it’s important and interview survivors who benefitted from bystander CPR. Please contact Alan Wolf, Rex Media Relations, to schedule a visit or arrange interviews: 919-218-7103 or