LRH Staff Trained in First Aid CPR AED
January 28, 2015
Littleton, NH - Congratulations to Henri Wante and all of the staff in the Facilities and Environmental Services Department at Littleton Regional Healthcare for completing the requirements for the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED and First aid certification. This accomplishment increases the capacity of the Facilities Department staff to assist their coworkers, family members, patients, and members of the LRH community during an emergency.
The Heartsaver™ First Aid CPR AED course teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to recognize an emergency and use an epinephrine "Epi" pen to treat anaphylactic shock, bleeding, sprains, broken bones, and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
One goal of the American Heart Association is to increase the number of people who can provide immediate care to individuals. With more community members training to respond to these emergencies, more care arrest patients can survive. All LRH employees can take the Heartsaver™ CPR/AED/First Aid course free of charge. For information contact LRH Educator, Catherine Flores at cflores@LRHCares.org.