LHS Football Coaches Partner With FMC To Teach More Than Just Football At Practice

The Snider Community Heart Watch, along with the Fairfield Medical Center Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute, sponsored free Hands On Practical Experience Training (HOPE) on Aug. 14, 2013 to the Lancaster High School (LHS) Football team, which consisted of 73 players.

This hands-on CPR—meaning just chest compressions and no breaths—offers an alternative to the full certification course. The hands-on CPR course takes fewer than 45 minutes to teach compared with three hours for the full certification and research has shown that compression-only resuscitation is just as effective as traditional CPR with breaths.

“We were very excited to hear that FMC could provide this training,” said LHS Head Football Coach Rob Carpenter. “You never know when there will be an instance that requires CPR and we feel good knowing our players have the training they need to help others.”

911 dispatchers always ask, in cases of probable cardiac arrest, if anyone in the household or at the scene knows CPR. “The answer is almost universally no,” said Bob Williams, supervisor of the cardiac catheterization lab at FMC and founder of the Snider Community Heart Watch.

Williams hopes teaching students the simpler method will not only increase the number of people who know CPR but also increase the survival rate. “You never know when you might need to use this training,” Williams said. “Fairfield County is a safer community because of this initiative and these kids will certainly benefit from this hands only training.”

The Snider Community Heart Watch is a task force of more than 30 volunteers, including physicians, nurses, community members and other FMC employees who are dedicated to making Fairfield County a more cardiac-safe community. The group is focused on teaching residents CPR and how to properly use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

For more information regarding CPR training/certification at Fairfield Medical Center, call (740) 689-6893.

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