Whether it be saving a loved one, or a stranger in need, knowing how to perform CPR in an emergency situation is something that everyone can benefit from.
News 13’s Alex Thorson talks about CPR in this week’s health desk report.. sponsored by Bay Medical Sacred Heart.
When time is fragile, knowing how to respond in an emergency situation is extremely valuable.
“A lot of people don’t realize how easy it is until they’ve actually seen it,” Kylie Jordan, the Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) program quality coordinator, said.
On Oct. 26, the hospital is putting their employees– and the community to the test.
“Staff will come down, and they’ll practice their CPR skills on these live mannequins. They’ll get live feedback. And at the end of the day we’ll tally up the results,” she said.
“If people from the public want to come in, they can turn it on, they can actually place it on a mannequin.”
Whether it be performing CPR or using an AED
“It saves lives.. definitely,” Jordan said.
The American Heart Association now says that hands on CPR is just as effective as CPR with breaths. It’s important to know how to help those in need.
“If they don’t have a pulse, you want to see if they’re breathing. Are they breathing? They’re not breathing. The next thing you need to do if you’re by yourself, you call 9-11. If there’s someone with you, send them to get help and find an AED. Then you start compressions immediately,” Jordan said.
AED’s or automated external defibrillator’s, can be found in most public places.
“It tells you everything you need to know on how to use this. It’s so easy,” she said.
So put your emergency skills to the test, and save a life. For this week’s Health Desk report, I’m Alex Thorson.
The event is free and open to the public on October 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Walsingham Boardroom at Bay Medical Sacred Heart.