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Butler tourism bureau seminar to offer life-saving tips

| Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

The Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and Square One Medical, a Butler based distributor of portable defibrillators, are hosting a seminar to prepare business owners, organization leaders and employees for medical emergencies at the workplace.

While the short class will not provide certifications in CPR or first aid, it will provide information about the importance of first aid, CPR training and having automated external defibrillators in the workplace.

The defibrillators shock the heart to restore normal rhythm. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart's electrical system malfunctions. The heart suddenly stops but can be revived by CPR and the use of an AED.

The session will include a demonstration of an AED, said Yuliya Novikova, account representative with Square One Medical.

“It's meant to be used by an 8-year-old,”Novikova said. “You don't have to be a medical professional. It's guided toward an infrequent user or good Samaritan.”

The seminar will be from 8 to 9 a.m. April 29 at the Butler Days Inn Conference Room.

“This is a benefit to our businesses,” said Sara DiBello, bureau spokeswoman. “We want to make sure all the people who come in (from) out of town will be safe.”

The American Heart Association estimates about 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the U.S.

“When a person goes into cardiac arrest, you have a 10-minute time frame to save that person, which is why it's so critical to have these devices on site,” said Novikova, who also is certified in CPR. “Those moments are really critical.”

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902.

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