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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:05

Free CPR training

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            Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service is offering a free, hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) clinic in the lobby of the Lindsay Recreation Centre on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 am to 4 pm.

            Anyone can attend. The clinic is designed for people interested in learning a lifesaving skill or looking to refresh their existing skills and knowledge.

            “Our training is designed to

empower citizens with the knowledge to save lives,” says City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Autumn Campbell.“In an emergency, every second counts.”

            The paramedics will also teach participants how to effectively use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

            Persons trained in CPR will do a “scene survey” first (looking for heart attack signs), then arrange to get help, including calling 911 and sending for an AED if available, before beginning CPR.

            A person trained in CPR will place the person on a firm, flat surface, put their hands in the centre of the upper chest with shoulders directly over their hands and their elbows locked to give 30 hard and fast compressions.

            They then open the airway by tilting the head and lifting the chin, pinch the nose, make a tight seal over mouth, and give two breaths, using enough air to make the chest rise.

            They repeat that cycle of 30 compressions and two breaths until either help arrives, the casualty responds, or an AED instructs them to stop.

            Kawartha Lakes residents can get their CPR certification through St. John’s Ambulance (sja.ca). 

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