EMS, hospital team up for free CPR training

Thursday, May 18, 2017

What would you do if your loved one’s heart stopped or was choking? Would you be prepared to respond or would you have to wait desperately for help to arrive?

Anyone can be a lifesaver when informed and educated in lifesaving skills by a well-prepared instructor. Clay County Emergency Medical Services Association and Spencer Hospital are teaming up to offer four free “Friends & Family CPR” courses on Saturday, May 20.

The four Friends & Family CPR classes will all be offered on Saturday, May 20, in Spencer Hospital’s Conference Center located on the lower level of the hospital. Classes will be held from 8-10 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon, 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

“The American Heart Association’s curriculum for the Friends & Family CPR course is designed for everyone from schoolchildren to older family members, caregivers, and other adults who care for people at risk of sudden cardiac death,” explained Jeff Messerole, clinical instructor at Spencer Hospital. “By devoting just two hours of your day to this training program we can prepare you to face a life-threatening cardiac situation.”

The class is designed for laypersons and not for health care professionals or others who require basic life support training and certification at the heartsaver or health care provider level. The Friends & Family class focuses on CPR and response to choking, gives information on AHA's adult and pediatric chain of survival, and helps participants:

—Recognize signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking in adults.

—Recognize signs of choking in infants and children.

—Review the operation of an automatic external defibrillator.

—Perform the live-saving skills of CPR for adults, children and infants.

“We are very excited to be working with our county EMS Association in providing this valuable training,” Messerole said. “Fast, efficient CPR can double or triple a heart attack victim’s chance of survival. Again, the class is just two hours in length yet the lessons learned in those two hours can add years to a loved one’s life.”

Although the classes are free, preregistration is required as each class size is limited. To preregister, call Spencer Hospital’s education reservation line at 264-6142.

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