By SALINA POST
Registration is now open for CPR, AED, and first aid classes at Salina Family Healthcare Center (SFHC).
"I took a call late last year asking if our clinic provided community CPR classes. Historically, we’ve only provided CPR classes to our employees. I asked around and the idea really took off on its own," said Genell Heimer, SFHC outreach supervisor.
The first Heartsaver class is scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at SFHC, 651 E. Prescott Road. Participants will receive a two-year certification after completing the course. The cost of the Heartsaver class is $75.
"We are really excited to offer both Basic Life Support for healthcare providers and Heartsaver CPR classes for anyone who doesn’t work in healthcare," Heimer said. "Most cardiac arrests occur outside of healthcare settings and quality CPR is the single most valuable action someone can take to save a life before medical help arrives."
Each class will review adult and pediatric CPR, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and basic first aid training. The instructors are certified through the American Heart Association.
Additionally, a class will be offered for persons aged 12-18 from 2-6 p.m. on May 25. The class is recommended for teens who have plans to babysit, work as camp counselors, or coach/officiate sports.
To register for one of the classes, call the SFHC Outreach Department at 785-825-7251, ext 642. Employers are encouraged to call the Outreach Department to inquire about group classes provided at work locations.
You also can view additional class dates and register online for a class at cpr.heart.org.
"Special thanks to our Saline County Fire Department and LifeTouch EMS for guiding us through starting this program. They have both been extremely helpful to make this education program successful at Salina Family Healthcare Center," Heimer said.