Steamboat Springs 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."