OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - CarePoint Resources is offering free Community CPR training in an effort to increase the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the community.
Two training opportunities have been scheduled so far for Thursday, Nov. 3 and Dec. 15 with additional dates to be added soon.
This training will take place at The Round House located at 216 S. 8th Street in Opelika from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Each year, more than 320,000 co-workers, friends or loved-ones die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA.
SCA is a condition where a person's heartbeat suddenly becomes disorganized and ineffective.
The greatest chance for someone to survive SCA is for bystanders to call 911, immediately begin CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) as soon as one becomes available to help restart the heart.
The training will be led by Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Boone, Apparatus Operator with Opelika Fire Rescue and CEO of CarePoint Resources.
"One of the biggest misconceptions we encounter is the idea that EMS plays the most important role in the process of reviving someone from Sudden Cardiac Arrest," says Boone. "The truth is, bystander CPR and use of an AED before EMS arrival can produce survival rates of up to 75 percent in comparison to the 10 percent survival rate if EMS personnel are the first to begin treatment. It's a team effort."
Participants of the training can:
- Learn what Sudden Cardiac Arrest is
- Be able to recognize when a person needs CPR and an AED
- Practice performing High-Quality bystander CPR
- Learn how easy it is to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Learn how to save the life of a choking victim
Registration is free, and seating is limited. This training does not result in certification with the American Heart Association and is considered an information-only training.
Those interested can reserve their seat by registering online at www.carepointresources.com or by calling CarePoint at (877) 242-2527.