Free CPR training at EAC next Saturday
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—In conjunction with National Heart Month and the Graham-Greenlee Emergency Medical Services Organization, EAC’s emergency medical services, nursing staff, and students will host a free cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class on Saturday, February 24, in the College’s Math/Science building beginning at 9 a.m. The whole community is invited and encouraged to attend.
“If you have the training, you can decide to act,” said EAC allied health instructor and coordinator of the event, Anita Jacobs. “Without the training you don’t have the ability to act. And that can be an incredibly powerless feeling.”
Community members who have already completed CPR training may also want to take this class, not only as a refresher, but also because there will be extensive training with the automated external defibrillator (AED).
“The AED is a great piece of equipment,” said Jacobs. “It is becoming more and more common in places with large groups of people around, like airports, shopping centers, and sporting events. Learning to use these simple devices is easy and the results are often very positive.”
The training is broken down into a lecture and a lab. The lectures are scheduled to begin every hour on the hour and will last for about 40 minutes. The rest of the training will take place in one of the nursing labs and outside in the parking lot where students will participate in real-life scenarios. Students can complete the whole course in about two hours.
During the lecture portion of the class the instructor will explain:
• When to do CPR.
• When to stop CPR.
• How to protect yourself while performing CPR (gloves, mask, barrier devices, etc.).
• The legal issues surrounding the use of CPR (the Good Samaritan Law).
• The use of the AED.
There will also be a lecture on heart attacks and strokes where students will learn to recognize the signs, symptoms, and risks.
During the lab portion of the class students will:
• Practice CPR on a manikin.
• Practice using the AED on a manikin and/or a human volunteer.
“When a patient is not breathing, chances of survival decrease by ten percent every minute,” said Jacobs. “Performing CPR on a patient who is not breathing buys valuable time for EMS to arrive. Even though it’s a simple maneuver, it often makes the difference between survival and death.”