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The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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CPR for Everyone!

CPR is something that everyone should leam and it may be easier and quicker than you think to discover the basics that can save a life. As part of Power County Hospital's Heart Health activities this month we are inviting the community to signup for a reduced fee certified CPR class.

According to the American Heart Association, almost 88% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member and less than 8% of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive outside of a hospital, because the vast majority of those witnessing the arrest are people who do not know how to perform CPR. Speed is essential to saving a life and odds are the life you will be trying to save is a friend or family member. Hopefully, these statistics help show the importance for all of us to consider learning even the basics of updated CPR protocols.

If a longer CPR class feels like too much to undertake with vour busv schedule, then we would also like to recommend that everyone in the community consider getting the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime personal learning program. This program is not a certification course, but allows families, friends, and the general public to leam the core skills of CPR in just 22 minutes using a personal kit with a video and manikin. The kits are under $35 and a cost-effective way for your entire family to leam CPR at home. They have also created the Infant CPR Anytime kit that is perfect for parents, grandparents, siblings, or those who are around infants and children to leam the basics of infant CPR and relief of choking. These personal kits are available in English and Spanish and provide all the basic education needed to be more comfortable "almost 80% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member." with performing CPR in an easy to view and leam format. For more information on the CPR Anytime programs please visit the website, www.cprany-time.org. This course really can make a difference in saving the life of someone you love.

According to a study published by Science Direct, a 30-minute self-instruction program, such as the Anytime program, proved to be effective for even a lay-person to leam the fundamental skills of CPR such as calling 911, proper, ventilation, hand techniques, and compressions to help save a life.

To ensure that more people in our community leam the basics of CPR, Power County Hospital now has several instructors to help businesses or individuals leam the basics or become certified in CPR. Groups or businesses interested in having a CPR class should contact the hospital at 226-3200 to schedule a date and time. These certified courses are an excellent source of education and a requirement for many job positions.

We hope that this February, you will consider making CPR instruction a priority for you and your family. As part of our American Heart Month activities we are also offering reduced fee $20 certification CPR classes with enough participants. Please contact lackie at 226-3200 to sign-up for the CPR class or for additional information. We hope you take our challenge this month to leam more about heart disease, get your cholesterol tests, and leam CPR to help save a life!

Dallas Clinger, Administrator



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Original Publication Date: February 26, 2014



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