In just one hour on a Saturday morning you could learn how to save someone's life.
Save the Date Save a Life is a community cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class offered by Lee Memorial Health System in collaboration with local fire and rescue departments. Anyone can learn these easy to perform techniques which can make the difference between life and death.
"Knowing CPR for the average person is very important," says Debbie Hupe-Cyr, supervisor, cardiac decision unit, HealthPark Medical Center. "It's those first few minutes that are critical when someone stops breathing. All too often people die because no one knows what to do before emergency help arrives."
According to the American Heart Association, four to six minutes is the window of opportunity for someone to act before it's too late, but less than one-third of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from someone nearby.
Save the Date Save a Life hopes to change that. You do not need a medical background to get involved. Even young people can learn to administer CPR to someone who has stopped breathing.
The class doesn't require a large time commitment and is offered on a Saturday, when many people have free time.
Save the Date-Save a Life is offered from 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m., on Feb. 23. Classes are held at HealthPark Medical Center, 9981 S HealthPark Drive, Fort Myers, in rooms 201-204.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling (239) 343-5200, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date-Save a Life training is offered through Lee Memorial Health System, Lee County EMS, Fort Myers Beach Fire & Rescue, Sanibel Fire Department, Captiva Fire Department and the Lehigh Fire Department.
Rescue professionals from these organizations will instruct the class on adult CPR, choking, and automated external defibrillators (AED) - a portable electronic device used to reestablish an effective heart rhythm.