A First Aid and CPR Certification event was hosted by Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps on 7th March, 2015 which was attended by nearly thirty local CAP Cadets aged between 12 to 21 years along with the Senior Members. These participants were trained in life saving First Aid basics and cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills.
Prior to the training, a validation for the need of understanding and performing CPR was provided to the cadets. These cadets were addressed by Clifton Park’s Jeff and Julie, who shared their real life experience. Jeff survived a cardiac arrest in 2007 when his fellow parishioner in the church performed chest compressions to save his life.
The participants at the event were given access to the CPHM’s computerized CPR skills evaluation monitor. This monitor grades the participants on the depth and rate of compressions which helps them to develop their skills swiftly and earn a real life experience. This monitor motivated the cadets to compete with each other and compare their CPR scores.
At the event, Seney, who is aimed to join the US Army Medical Evacuation division talked about the significance of knowing CPR, “CPR is important to know. At any moment someone could drop to the floor and have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. CPR keeps the heart pumping oxygenated cells all over the body. After the first 2-4 minutes the cells start to die, the compressions of CPR will help keep the blood oxygenated and will increase the chance of survival.”
Clifton Park & Halfmoon EMS is an authorized American Heart Association training center that is committed to set up Saratoga County as a “HEARTsafe” Community. This program known as HEARTSafe Communities is especially designed to encourage survival of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims. It is a basic idea which revolves around building up the “chain of survival,” that is instant recognition of cardiac arrest and then the activation and usage of emergency response system, CPR, Rapid Defibrillation, Effective Advanced Life Support and after that Integrated post-cardiac arrest care.