Learn to compress and shock; you might save a life
Thu, May 9, 2019
Everyone should learn how to apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator. At least that’s what the Compress & Shock Foundation advocates.
Compress & Shock, a national non-profit organization, trains local business and individuals on recognizing cardiac arrest and administering life-saving compressions and, if needed, AED shocks.
Cardiac arrest occurs when a person abruptly loses heart function. It often is fatal if appropriate steps, such as use of an AED, aren’t taken immediately. An AED administers a shock to a patient’s heart to restore a normal heart rhythm.
Compress & Shock will hold FREE compression-only CPR and AED training events on Saturday, May 18 at the YMCA at 601 Cardinal Lane on Green Bay’s west side and at 1740 S. Huron Road on the city’s east side.
The sessions will be held in each location at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. They’ll be supervised by licensed paramedics, emergency physicians and certified instructors.
Each session will include 15-20 minutes of discussion and 40 minutes of hands-on training with mannequins and practice AEDs.
Dr. Bob Zemple, an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic, is a fervent supporter of CPR and AED training.
“Time is a precious commodity when it comes to cardiac emergencies,” Zemple says. “We’re hopeful that by properly training more people within the community, we’ll be able to save more lives.”