‘Coffee for Compressions’ Increases Hands-Only CPR Training at Stony Brook

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One of the tents filled with participants at the Coffee for Compressions event on campus

One of the tents filled with participants

Volunteers and participants gathered outside the Melville Library’s Starbucks on October 18 to participate in a Hands-Only CPR (HOCPR) training session. By the end of the event, 263 people on Stony Brook University’s campus were trained.

Coffee for Compressions, a new community engagement program, provides an opportunity for those nearby to learn about HOCPR training and test their chest compressions on a feedback manikin to earn a Starbucks gift card. Participants were required to do two minutes of two-inch-deep compressions to receive a two-dollar gift card.

The event was so successful that 250 Starbucks gift cards, donated by Karen Acompora from the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, were distributed. The remaining 13 individuals voluntarily did the training without the incentive.

The Laerdal Medical Corporation loaned the QCPR Resusci-Anne feedback manikins for the event. The manikins are able to give an immediate response of where the participant must make corrections to achieve high-quality compressions.

Colby Rowe, Trauma Center Education and Prehospital Outreach Coordinator, developed the idea for this incentive-based program. The Stony Brook Trauma Center was the lead team for the management of the event. Approximately 25 volunteers came from the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

All those involved support the idea of increasing survival from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. With more people trained in HOCPR, there is an increased chance of survival rates.

For more information on HOCPR visit the American Heart Association.

Cohen Miles-Rath, Community Relations

Watch the Student Faculty Association’s highlight video of Coffee for Compressions:

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