2018-01-03 / Chester

Free class will teach simple ‘Bystander’ CPR

GRAFTON — First responders with Grafton Rescue will present a free, simple “Bystander” CPR training this month. The hands-only, no-breath CPR training will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Grafton Elementary School.

Grafton Rescue will provide the easy-to-learn CPR technique, including use of an AED, for a limited number of people. The class will last about an hour, and is being offered at no cost to participants.

It is estimated that about 10 percent of sudden cardiac arrest patients survive, but it has been shown in some communities that this number can be boosted much higher. The increased survival rate can be attributed in significant measure to when and how CPR is administered. Often CPR is not initiated until EMS responders are on the scene, and as effective and diligent as their efforts may be, too much damage has already occurred to the patient because of the lack of blood flowing to the brain during the interim to save the patient, all according to a press release.

“If somebody at your home, place of work, or even on the street goes into sudden cardiac arrest, what do you do? First, call 911 and help will be on the way, but in that interim while you’re waiting for EMS to arrive there is something else you can do. You can begin CPR to keep the blood flowing and keep that person alive. Surprisingly, you can learn this important skill easily from Grafton Rescue Responders so you’ll be prepared to help save a life,” said Dave Ross of the Grafton Rescue Squad.

Those interested in the class can sign up now by emailing graftonfire@vermontel.net or leaving a message at (802) 843-2401 with contact information, and a confirmation will be sent.

For updates, check Grafton Fire and Rescue on Facebook.

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