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Parkview Whitley Hospital EMS providing free CPR training course in Columbia City, South Whitley

Submitted by Tricia Hennessy

 

If a cardiac arrest happened to a loved one or close friend, would you know how to perform life-saving CPR?

Surprisingly, the vast majority of Americans don't. Did you know that performing CPR may double a victim’s chance of survival? 

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a medical technique performed to support breathing and provide artificial circulation to an individual who has stopped breathing and/or has experienced cardiac arrest. CPR helps oxygenated blood to circulate within the body, keeping oxygen flowing to the heart and brain, which can die after four to six minutes without oxygen.

In the hopes of increasing the survival rate here in Whitley County, the Parkview Whitley Hospital EMS department provides monthly CPR training at no charge. The next two scheduled classes are Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the South Whitley Public Library and Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m., at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

This free CPR course, called Family and Friends CPR, is from the American Heart Association, but does not fulfill job certification requirements. Participants receive a free student workbook and participation card.

If a certification course is needed, arrangements can made for a small fee. Contact Debra Brice at (260) 248- 9351 or e-mail learn.cpr@parkview.com for more information or to schedule an onsite group class.

 

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