Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a very important skill to possess in the community because it could be life saving at any time. Most community members have never been in a situation where they have seen CPR performed on someone, or felt the need to use it themselves, which is why many do not have a certification or deem this as an important skill. Whether a person is a certified health care provider or a lay rescuer, being able to perform CPR on someone may save a life.
The most helpful person in a scenario where CPR is needed, is not the person who makes the phone call to 911, it is the person that can perform CPR at that very moment, on that very person, whose life depends on those passing seconds. If an ambulance is waited for, the person may die before a health care provider arrives. It is also extremely helpful in rural areas to be able to perform CPR on a fallen bystander if a healthcare facility is not close by.
At Stettler District Ambulance Association we believe the key to promoting CPR awareness is bringing CPR classes to places in the community. Many CPR courses are offered; however, most don’t take the class unless they are required to for some reason. As paramedics, we have a team in the community offering courses. The course would be a mix of all the CPR requirements along with a portion that focus on the opioid crisis and naloxone administration. For instance, it would be really beneficial to parents of school children to know CPR, friends and families who know someone with an opioid addiction to know CPR and naloxone administration.
We would like to extend an invitation to any individual in our community and any business in our community to take part in a class.