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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

EMS Chiefs: CPR Training Can Save Lives

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Westport EMS crew chiefs Martin Iselin (l) and Marc Hartog told the Westport Rotary Club today that if more Westporters learned CPR, it would make the community safer and undoubtedly save lives. “Seattle is a community where CPR training is widespread,” Hartog said. He said such training combined with a rapid EMS response and a short time to defibrillation, has dramatically improved the survival rate for witnessed cardiac arrests in Seattle. He said Westport EMS offers frequent CPR courses and urged residents to take advantage of the training opportunity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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CPR training should be incorporated into the health curriculum at Staples. Other high schools in the area coordinate with the local Red Cross chapter for the certification after course work is completed in their health class.  I made this suggestion to the school administration some time ago.
If CPR training was a requirement for graduation, all Staples graduates would have certification. I know of a Staples graduate who as a sophomore had taken Life Saving certification which included CPR only to use CPR for the first time 4 years later to save the life of an experienced free diver who lost consciousness while diving in the Sea of Cortez.

Posted by MaryAnn Meyer on September 01, 2010 at 12:56 AM | #

I could not agree more with the suggestion of training teenagers.  The American Heart Association also offers a wide variety of training programs for teens including www.bethebeat.org

Learning CPR is a civic duty and moral obligation (my opinion) and is easily learned and accessible through organizations such as the ARC and AHA.

Learn CPR today…tomorrow could be too late.

Posted by David Hiltz on September 01, 2010 at 12:55 PM | #