Be a life-saver

South Routt Medical Center offers CPR class

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— Many rural Routt County residents live half an hour or more from the nearest hospital, meaning the life of a loved one could be in their hands in the event of an emergency.

South Routt Medical Center wants those residents to be prepared for such an event. The center is offering a free CPR course to South Routt residents Monday.

Nicole Hollman, a paramedic in Woodland Park, will teach the 7 p.m. course at the Oak Creek center. Hollman is the daughter of South Routt Medical Center board of directors member Sandy Stefano-Miller.

Stefano-Miller said the course is a refresher and/or training course for interested residents; it is not a CPR certification course. Most CPR certification courses are eight hours long, she said.

Monday's class will include information about updated CPR techniques and an opportunity for participants to practice the techniques on dummies.

"I would tell people to dress comfortably, because you'll be down on the floor with the practice dummies," she said.

The course is free and open to the public. There is no age limit, although high school-aged teens and adults are preferred.

Stefano-Miller said Hollman will address how to perform CPR on adults, infants and children because the steps are different for each.

Stefano-Miller also stressed the importance of knowing how to perform CPR in the case of an emergency.

"We're so rural here and we're quite far away from a hospital, so it's best to prepared for whatever happens, since you just never know," she said. "It's an excellent class we should all take."

The class is the second free event the center has sponsored since securing funds from a mill levy voters approved last April. Offering a variety of free educational classes to the public was one of the center's stated goals when it proposed the mill levy.

"We on the Medical Center board (of directors) are just so excited to bring these classes to the public," she said. "It's what we worked so hard to do."

Comments

tooner 7 years, 8 months ago

This is something we talk about around the house very often. What should we do if something happens where you need medical attention. I've thought (heaven forbid) something happens, call an ambulance, tell them your route and meet them half way to town. Is this a dumb idea? It seems you could save half the time to get professional medical help. I know this doesn't apply if you can't get them to the car. Is a tracheotomy class available for a desperate situation? When I'm out here alone, jolly ranchers and pogo sticks are stored. cudos to the CPR classes.

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JazzSlave 7 years, 8 months ago

tooner

You'll have to check state & local statutes. There are any number of nanny-states that'll bust you for taking matters into your own hands.

My sister's kid fell off the jungle-gym at the park, and wound up with a nasty cut to his head. She took him to the ER, and was cited (to the tune of about $400) for failing to call for an ambulance. She lives in the Seattle area.

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