Recently my church hosted a CPR and First Aid class with an instructor from the American Heart Association. Our instructor, Kim Massengale, did a fine job of explaining everything to us.
Before getting into the nuts and bolts we were taught about the Good Samaritan law. Basically, (at least in Tennessee) we were told that any person who renders emergency care at a public gathering gratuitously and good faith shall not be held liable for damages if something goes awry unless the person who gives the aid is guilty of gross neglect.
That seemed to be reassuring to everyone there. In reality though, none of us who took the class ever expressed the hope of needing to use our skills. I know for myself, if everyone around me always stays well then it’s good with me! Experience has taught me that’s not always possible which is why these classes are such a good idea.
The first part of the class we learned about CPR on both children and adults. The last children’s class I took was while my daughter was on a heart monitor. (We got happily got rid of the heart monitor 16 years ago.) Things have changed a lot over the years. You now hold your hand differently and the number of compressions is different – this is for adults too.
If you’ve not taken a class lately, do so. You’ll be surprised at the difference.
One big change was in the AED. This is the Automated External Defibrillator. Apparently these gadgets are popping up in all kinds of places where people gather. Airports, malls and even churches now have them. These are the shock machines that you see used on television. They’re simple to use. Follow the directions to apply the pads. Push the start button and follow the directions as you are told. Simple as can be. I hope we never have to use this either.
We broke for a short lunch after the CPR part and then came back for the rest of the class.
This time we learned what to do if someone gets a bad cut or breaks a bone. This wasn’t too bad. We also learned what to do in the case of choking, fainting or seizure. She also covered heat related topics like heat exhaustion and frostbite.
I walked away with the class armed with a lot of good, useful information in addition to the CPR. I can honestly say that everyone seemed pleased with our instructor. If you are in the greater Knoxville/Oak Ridge area and you want a class send her an email. The address for her is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning about the CPR and First Aid was great. Hopefully, I’ll never need it but I feel better for having taken the class.
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