HCHC provides much-needed CPR class
Henry County Health Center is offering a CPR course on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at HCHC. Adult, child and infant CPR and choking will be covered. If no certification is needed, the class is free. HCHC EMS can provide participants a letter at no charge verifying completion of the class.
Those individuals requiring certification can get certified at the end of this class for a fee. This course is not for individuals who work in the healthcare field.
Recent studies have shown that the newest form of CPR taught has improved the chances for a person to survive out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Currently in the United States and Canada only about 8% of people who die from heart attacks outside the hospital are saved. People learn CPR but are afraid to do mouth-to-mouth on people they don't know. The AHA can teach you something better that you would be more likely to do. The old CPR saved lives but the new version saves even more.
The data shows possibly tripling the chance of survival if the newest form of CPR is done before help arrives. In rural settings, like Iowa, bystander CPR is critical for someone to survive SCA.
If you were faced with the situation, would you know what to do? Would you be able to give that person their best chance to survive and get the person time for more advanced help to arrive? The recommended steps are different for adults, children, or babies. Please take a few hours to learn a skill that may save someone's life.
To register for the CPR class or for more information, call Danny Eversmeyer at HCHC at 385-6557. If there is no answer, please leave your name and telephone number and your call will be returned. Registration deadline is Dec. 2.