Fairfield Medical Center
Public Relations Specialist
LANCASTER, Ohio (May 25, 2012) – The Snider Community Heart Watch, along with the Fairfield Medical Center Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute, sponsored free training in cardiovascular resuscitation (CPR) last weekend, reaching approximately 2,300 residents and making Fairfield County a safer place.
Resa Tobin, FMC community educator, (left) teaches students CPR at Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster.
May 18 was designated “HOPE for Youth Day” and FMC medical professionals were deployed to nine local schools to give 2,000 students, from fourth grade and up, a Hands Only Practical Experience (HOPE) in CPR. The hands-only technique focuses on quickly alerting EMS and starting chest compressions immediately.
Group picture of Thomas Ewing students displaying their Hands Only Practical Experience CPR training certificates with Mike Kiger, Fairfield County Commissioner (left) and Mayor David Smith (right).
“In most of the HOPE classes we taught, there was at least one student who had already needed to perform CPR on a loved one,” said Bob Williams, supervisor of the cardiac catheterization lab at FMC and founder of the Snider Community Heart Watch. “It just shows how important it is to include CPR education as part of a school’s health curriculum.”
On May 19, FMC held Community CPR Day in seven different community locations and provided free adult CPR training, including both HOPE and a more intensive CPR certification in adult, child and infant CPR with the American Safety and Health Institute.
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).
“You never know when you might need to use this training,” said Williams. “Fairfield County is a safer community because of this initiative. The numbers speak for themselves – almost 2,400 people in a matter of two days now know how to save a life – that’s pretty amazing.”
For more information regarding CPR training/certification at Fairfield Medical Center, call (740) 689-6893.
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