June 20, 2016
Lifesaving courses set for July and August in Murphy
One for health professionals, the other for the public
MURPHY (June 20, 2016) Area medical providers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses and lifeguards who are seeking to obtain or renew their American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR card are invited to attend a free session on Saturday, July 9 at Murphy Fire Rescue.
“This is an advanced training session that doctors, dentists, nurses and others in the medical field must have,” said Fire Marshal Perry Elliott. “We’re pleased to offer it at no charge for anyone who needs to get the card or update their certification.”
The advanced class is set for Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Murphy Fire Station, 206 North Murphy Road. Interested individuals should contact the Murphy Fire-Rescue administrative office at 972-468-4304 to register. Class size is limited to the first 12 callers.
In addition, Murphy instructors will conduct a class on Saturday, Aug. 13 designed for the general public. Called the American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR/AED class, this training is especially important for persons who are in a caretaker role, such as daycare workers, teachers, coaches, laborers and office workers.
The HeartSaver class is also free of charge and it will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the same location. Research has revealed that almost 90 percent of cardiac emergencies happen at home. Knowing how to administer CPR can often save the life of a toddler or an elderly person until medical help arrives.
While the July 9 Healthcare Provider class is tailored to a more detailed assessment and use of equipment found in hospitals or dental offices and includes written and hands-on skills tests, there is no written exam for the HeartSaver card, but it does require participants to demonstrate hands-on proficiency. Certification for both classes remains valid for a two-year period.
The Aug. 13 class uses the Practice-While-Watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning. Again, registration is required and can be accomplished by calling Murphy Fire-Rescue at 972-468-4304. Instructors will only accept the first 12 registrants for this class as well.