CPR certification class Wednesday in Frisco | SummitDaily.com

CPR certification class Wednesday in Frisco

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

Summit County’s active community and high tourist population equals a greater likelihood of cardiac arrest incidents, according to Lin Denham, administrative assistant at the community outreach program at Summit County Ambulance Service.

Denham has been teaching CPR to health professionals and lay responders for about 20 years, and holds a lay responders CPR/AED certification class the third Wednesday of every month. She is an EMT-B IV and American Heart Association Training Faculty instructor.

Denham’s next lay responders class is set for 6-9 p.m Wednesday at the Summit County Senior and Community Center in Frisco. The lesson covers adult, child and infant CPR , along with how to use an automatic external defibrillator, a portable electronic device that delivers an electric shock to the heart.

Denham said if a person has a sudden cardiac arrest, their chances of survival go up between 50-75 percent if they receive immediate CPR.

CPR guidelines for lay rescuers, defined by the AMA, changed in 2010 to encourage responders to do compressions only, which means they don’t have to breathe for the person, she said. But those compressions – a minimum of 100 a minute – “make a huge difference.”

“Having these skills and knowing how to use them – knowing how to call 911 and being able to provide immediate CPR – gives a person in this situation the best chance of survival,” Denham said.

Denham said youth 9 years and older are capable of doing CPR.

“It’s a great thing for grandparents to take, since they’re babysitting children. It’s a great thing for people who have cardiac disease in their families to be prepared for,” she said. “It helps you react well in an emergency situation, whether it’s a cardiac event (or not).”

The certification is renewable every two years.

The class is $50, and the educational book is $11. To sign up, or for more information, call Denham at (970) 668-5777.

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