FMC Offers Community CPR Day To Better Protect Community

The Snider Community Heart Watch, along with the Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute, is sponsoring Community CPR Day on May 18, 2013.

The task force will be offering free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training at Fairfield Medical Center and Pickerington High School Central. Three- to four-hour classes for full CPR Certification will be offered from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thirty-minute hands-on training sessions will also be offered from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at both locations.

“There will be various times throughout the day so people can find a time that works for them,” said Bob Williams, supervisor of the cardiac catheterization lab at FMC. “For individuals who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, the chance of survival is 5-10 percent. Brain damage can occur in four minutes and for every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chance of survival goes down by 10 percent.”

Starting CPR before emergency personnel arrives may increase the chance of survival. “As a community, we need to be able to rely on each other to provide CPR in the event of an emergency,” Williams explained.

Participants in the full certification course at Community CPR Day will be certified in adult, child and infant CPR with the American Safety and Health Institute as community providers upon successful completion of practical skills and written exam. In addition to certification, a second type of CPR training will be offered that day. This training is called hands-on CPR. It focuses on quickly alerting EMS and starting chest compressions immediately.

The goal of Community CPR Day is to teach as many community members as possible CPR in order to save lives. Registration for CPR Day is required. Register today by calling (740) 689-6893.

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