Clay County EMS Association and Spencer Hospital are teaming up to offer four free "Friends and Family CPR" courses on Saturday, June 2.
"The American Heart Association's curriculum for the Friends and Family CPR course is desgined 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 can prepare you to face a life-threatening cardiac situation."
The four Friends and Family CPR classes will all be offered on Saturday, June 2 at the Maple and Oak conference rooms located in the lower level of the Spencer Hospital. Classes will be held from 8-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Although the classes are free, preregistration is required as each class size is limited to 48 students. Call the Spencer Hospital's education line to register: 721-264-6142.
The class is designed for laypersons, not for healthcare professionals or others who require Basic Life Support training and certification at the Heartsaver of Healthcare Provider level.
The Friends and Family class focuses on CPR and response to choking, gives information on AHA's adult and pediatric chain of survival and helps participants recognize sign of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults; recognize signs of choking in infants and children and perform lifesaving skills of CPR for adults, children and infants.
"We are very excited to be working with our county EMS Association in providing valuable training," Messerole said. "Fast, efficient CPR can double or triple a heart 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."