Chattahoochee Tech to offer free CPR classes
by Mark Andrews
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Chattahoochee Technical College will be providing free American Heart Association CPR training to the community at the college’s North Metro campus in Acworth the week of June 1 through June 7. The free, non-certified, classes will be held in celebration of CPR Awareness Week and will be presented by AHA trainers.

Bartow County Emergency Medical Services Director Larry Owens said CPR training will help citizens develop a useful skill and possibly aid in life-threatening situations.

“The more people that know CPR, the more people that can be saved,” Owens said. “You never know when somebody might go down … from a heart attack or drowning and anything where there is sudden death [as a possibility] and you can do somebody a favor by doing CPR and hopefully keep them alive until EMS gets there.”

He added, “What you do in the first two minutes is the most crucial.”

“When a bystander provides effective CPR to a cardiac arrest victim, they can double or triple that person’s chance of survival,” AHA Training Center Coordinator Shelby Martin said in a press release. “The best response to for a cardiac arrest victim is to have willing bystanders that are trained and equipped.”

According to the release, “The AHA estimates 400,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen annually. Approximately 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives. According to the AHA, the hands-only CPR technique has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, doubling or even tripling a victim’s chance of survival.”

“This is an important skill to have as you never know where you will be or when someone you know and love may need lifesaving CPR,” Martin said. “And although we hope this is something that will never happen, being prepared may just save the life of someone.”

According to Rebecca Long, specialist for external affairs and media relations for CTC, “The free Family and Friends CPR is a two-hour class for those in the community who wish to have the knowledge to perform Hands Only CPR, use an AED and to stop choking.This is not a class for someone needing or wanting to obtain a certification. The topics that will be covered will be adult, child and infant CPR, how to use and AED and how to relieve a choking victim.

“The classes will be offered June 3 to June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 3 to June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. and June 6 and 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. The class will also be offered June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the city of Acworth Police Department.

“Those wanting more information and practice may register for the HeartSaver CPR and AED class on June 4 and again on June 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. The course, which costs $20, offers a certification for those who need it for work outside of a healthcare setting.This is also appropriate for community members wanting to go more in-depth than just hands on CPR or those wishing to obtain a certification. Additionally, those needing certification for a healthcare position, may register for the Basic Life Support classes at a cost of $20. This is a certification course for individuals in the healthcare field needing adult, child and infant CPR, AED and choking prevention. This class will be offered on June 4 and again on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.”

Martin said the course will assist in training for proper CPR amongst various age groups.

“Friends and Family CPR teaches how to perform proper compressions when dealing with an adult, child or infant and how to use an AED,” explained Martin.“This class takes just two hours, and you can learn valuable life-saving skills.”

All of these classes are offered at different times during the year at Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro campus at regular rates. Fees for the week of June 1 through June 7 have been reduced or waived in honor of CPR Week. For more information or to register, call 770-528-3538 or 770-529-2372.

— Jessica Loeding contributed to this article.