BHB Offer Free CPR Training In June

May 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] is celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness Week the first week of June with CPR courses for the public.

A spokesperson said, “A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. Would you know how to help?

“Immediate intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] can double, even triple, a victim’s chance of survival,” said Kelly Pitcher, clinical educator and nurse at Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB].

Ms Pitcher leads an annual BHB initiative to provide CPR training to the community through free Friends & Family CPR courses, along with Heartsaver CPR AED certification courses for a minimal fee.

“BHB is celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness Week the first week of June with CPR courses for the public,” said Ms Pitcher. “CPR is an intervention that can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, and an AED is an automated external defibrillator device.”

“According to the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute CPR is delayed. BHB is an American Heart Association international training centre, and all CPR courses follow their guidelines and standards.

Ms Pitcher added: “Our free Friends & Family CPR courses are ideal for everyday people, like parents, community groups and babysitters, who don’t need certification but want to learn how to save a life if needed.

“We offer Heartsaver CPR AED training for a $20 fee to those who require certification, such as caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards.”

“For more information or to register, call 239-1029 or 239-1821, or email, including the course, time and date you wish to attend.

Family & Friends CPR [free]

“Dates: Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June 2023

“Times: 8:30am-10:30am, 11am- 1pm and 1:30pm- 3:30pm

“Audience: People who want to learn CPR but do not need CPR certification to meet a job requirement, eg community groups, parents, babysitters and general public. Participants must be able to kneel on the floor.

“Topics: Hands-only CPR technique; mouth-to-mouth CPR for adults and children; adult and child AED use; infant CPR; and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants.

Heartsaver CPR AED Certification [$20]

“Dates: Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June 2023

“Times: 8:30am-11am, 11:30am -2pm and 2:30pm-5pm

“Audience: People who require CPR certification, eg caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards. Not appropriate for clinicians.

“Topics: Adult and child CPR and AED use; infant CPR; and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants.“

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