Free CPR Classes Offered for Community at Chattahoochee Tech

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(Acworth, Ga. – May 15, 2014) In honor of CPR awareness week, Chattahoochee Technical College will be providing free American Heart Association (AHA) CPR training to the community at the college’s North Metro Campus in Acworth. These free, non-certified, classes will be held during the week of June 2 through June 7.

“When a bystander provides effective CPR to a cardiac arrest victim, they can double or triple that person’s chance of survival,” said AHA Training Center Coordinator Shelby Martin. “The best response for a cardiac arrest victim is to have willing bystanders that are trained and equipped. In an effort to raise public awareness of what we can all do to help save a life, we will be offering these classes for free or at a discounted rate.”

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.

“The AHA has a goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020,” explained Martin. “Learning these techniques will make strides toward that goal.”

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 throughout the week. The hands only technique is also taught online at heart.org

Those wanting more information and practice may register for the HeartSaver CPR and AED class at a discounted rate that week. 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 $30. This is a certification course for individuals in the healthcare field needing adult, child and infant CPR, AED and choking prevention. 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 2 through June 7 have been reduced or waived in honor of CPR Week.

For more information or to register, please call 770-528-3538 or visit the program’s website at www.chattahoocheetech.edu/american-heart-association.