Mt. Pleasant Medic 10 to offer CPR training
By A.J. Panian
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
When stressing the value of one trained in CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Jean-Claude Passaga points to an incident in Mt. Pleasant Township on the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2012.
It was on that date that Passaga, an emergency medical technician with Mt. Pleasant Medic 10 EMS, and fellow EMT Ryan King responded to a call involving a township resident who had suffered a heart attack outside his home, he said.
Prior to Passaga's arrival, a bystander, who was trained in administering the emergency procedure, took action, he said.
Established in 1960 by the American Heart Association (AHA), CPR can preserve the life of a victim of cardiac arrest via chest compressions and rescue breaths.
The procedure maintains blood flow to the heart and brain until advanced help arrives, according to association's website.
As a result of the CPR-trained bystander's actions, Passaga said, the resident's life was saved.
“I guarantee that made the difference,” Passaga said. “Once you keep blood flowing to the heart, the chances of bringing someone back is better than nine times out of 10.”
With that in mind, Medic 10 operations manager Mike Oplinger said the agency will soon begin offering monthly CPR training classes to the public.
“If somebody goes down at home, or out in public, the chance of survival is much greater if someone is nearby who knows how to conduct CPR,” Oplinger said.
He offered information from the AHA that 383,000 out-of-hospital, sudden cardiac arrest cases happen per year nationally and 88 percent of them occur at home.
“Having more people with the knowledge of CPR would benefit the community,” he said.
The classes — which will detail methods of administering the procedure on infants, children, adults and seniors — will be taught by Bill Sirianni, a Medic 10 EMT and an AHA-certifed CPR instructor.
“I thought the public would benefit from (the class), because a lot of people are looking for that kind of training these days, and offering a class will give them a better chance of getting in to one,” Sirianni said.
The class, which will also include training in First Aid and the use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, will be taught to groups of two to six people at a time, Sirianni said.
“That way people who want more time to learn can have more time. They can stay after class if they want and go over things a little more,” he said.
Medic 10's first CPR class is tentatively slated for 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the agency's headquarters at 100 E. Main St. in the borough.
The cost per person to attend is $25,
Deadline for registration Jan. 24.
Participants who complete the class will receive a CPR-certified card upon completion, Oplinger said.
“If the class takes off, and it is doing really well, we're going to up it to twice a month,” he said.
For more information, contact Oplinger or Sirianni on Tuesdays at Medic 10 by telephone at 724-547-4620.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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