Community Medical Training
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. (Source: American Heart Association)
If you are interested in learning how to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and operate an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), you can learn these life-saving skills by taking courses developed specifically for the layperson.
Courses are offered periodically by the Montgomery County EMS Training Institute. For course information and to register, visit www.emstrainingcenter.org.
In addition, several non-profit and for-profit organizations offer CPR training for the public:
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- American Safety and Health Institute
- Pacific Medical Training
- Warp Speed CPR
Note: This list of organizations is provided for convenience and may not be all-inclusive.
Hands Only CPR
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.
Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order:
- Call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute (e.g. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash).
To watch training videos and learn more, visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.
(Source: American Heart Association)
Bleeding Control and NALOXONE Training
The Montgomery County EMS Training Institute also offers training in bleeding control and Naloxone administration. Naloxone (trade name: Narcan) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. For course information and to register, visit www.emstrainingcenter.org.
For additional information on any of these programs, contact us at (610) 278-2666.