GRAFTON, Vt. – Survival rates for cardiac arrest patients continues to be as low as 10% primarily because no one around at the time of the incident administers CPR. The survival rate can be doubled and even tripled when CPR is begun at once. Waiting for an EMS responder to arrive costs time that can never be overcome even with all the specialized training and equipment that EMS responders have.
It is important to keep the patient’s blood flowing, which can be done by administering chest compressions. This is the most important immediate aspect of CPR and needs to be done at once while waiting for EMS to arrive. Breaths will be administered by EMS when they arrive on scene. Because of this, a type of CPR has been developed called Hands-Only or Bystander CPR, which can be easily learned in one short lesson.
A simple Bystander CPR class will be offered Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Grafton School. The class will cover adult hands-only CPR and the use of an AED. There is no cost for this training, which will be provided by the Grafton Rescue Squad, although it is necessary to register in advance. Sign up now by emailing email@example.com or by leaving a message at 802-843-2401. Check Grafton Fire and Rescue on Facebook for updates on this and other Rescue Squad and Fire Department activities.