What would you do if you’re with a loved one or a stranger when they experience sudden cardiac arrest? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, is offering free Hands Only CPR workshops on Saturday, May 18 at Winona Health. She’ll teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.
These workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are just 30 minutes and class size is limited to 12 people per workshop.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Workshop Options:
- 8:30 – 9 a.m.
- 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
- 10 – 10:30 a.m.
- 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
- 11:30 – 12 noon
“People are often surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR chest compression is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a critical care registered nurse in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit and an active community volunteer. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Here are a few good reasons to sign up:
- About 70% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
- Only 38% of Americans know how or have received any CPR training.
- Hands-Only CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
- Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps. If you see an adult or teen suddenly collapse: 1. Call 911; and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé, “Hips don’t Lie” by Shakira or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.
The workshops will be held in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.
RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, May 16 by calling 507.454.3650 or sign up online.
Helen Bagshaw, CCRN