February 3, 2003
Free CPR Classes To Be Offered at RSU Feb. 15
Rogers County residents can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Heart Trains Heroes mass CPR class to be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Post Hall at Rogers State University.
This free CPR class is available for anyone eight years of age and older and is designed to educate class attendees on the proper resuscitation techniques that can save the life of cardiac arrest victims.
American Heart Association CPR instructors from RSU's Emergency Medical Services Student Association, Claremore Regional Hospital and area fire departments will teach participants how to recognize and react to an emergency situation, perform CPR and administer first aid for choking.
"Anyone can learn CPR and the more people who are trained only strengthens the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims," said Maureen Caron, a nurse and CPR instructor at Claremore Regional Hospital.
Nearly 220,000 sudden cardiac arrest victims die each year and 75 to 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occur at home, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). CPR, when performed immediately and correctly, may double the survival chances for a cardiac arrest victim.
Statistics have proven that most victims who suffer from cardiac arrest at home are men over the age of 65 years, and only seven percent of persons trained to perform CPR live with a family member known to have heart disease.
The AHA states that if only twenty percent of adults were trained to perform CPR, the mortality rate would drop considerably.
"Our goal is to teach CPR to as many people in Rogers County as possible and reduce the number of deaths from cardiac arrest in the area," said Millicent Adu-H'-Torah, AHA health initiatives specialist.
The Heart Trains Heroes CPR class is part of the ongoing AHA Operation Heart Beat program.
To find out about enrollment for the CPR class or for more information call (918) 343-7590.