By Nick Nunn staff writer
Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) hosted their quarterly Community Education Course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) last Thursday, March 6. Participants earn Heartsaver First Aid and CPR Certification credentials during the four-hour course, which costs $40 per participant. “Educating our community on how to respond to immediate health needs in the absence of a healthcare professional is vitally important,” said Megan Morris, director of development and community relations at MMH, about the hospital’s purpose for holding the course.
“Knowledge of CPR and how to operate an AED may be the knowledge that saved the life of a friend or loved one.” Morris said that class sizes typically range from 10 to 20 individuals, and that one to four MMH employees, who are instructors certified by the American Heart Association, teach the course. According to Morris, those same instructors also teach the qualification classes for other MMH employees.
During the course, participants learn how to properly administer CPR to both children and adults, in addition to receiving instruction in first aid. Participants are also shown how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), which diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias before treating them through defibrillation. Courses are taught through the use of videos, live instructors and hands-on learning. “We have both infant and adult mannequins and an AED for participants to put the methods they have learned into practice,” said Morris.
“Participants also receive a manual that they may keep to refresh their memory from time to time. Morris stated that the exact date for the next Community Education Course has not been set but that it will be offered in late June or early July.
In addition to offering the quarterly Community Education Course in CPR, MMH will also hold organize private sessions for groups upon request. “We have gone on-site to various employers in the community and taught the course at their request,” said Morris.
The $40 fee for the course covers a CPR manual, certification card, a light supper, and a personal mask. Morris said that MMH “absorbs” the cost of the staff time for teaching the course, which keeps the cost of the course down for the participants. “Most places currently charge between $60 and $90 for the course,” stated Morris. “At Morgan Memorial, we are committed to responding to identified needs, promoting health, and providing quality, cost effective healthcare services at our local, community hospital,” said Morris.