CPR and first aid training important in the backcountry and at home

Whether you go out into the backcountry to hike and backpack, camp, ride, hunt or go four-wheeling, it’s always important to be prepared. Accidents can happen in a split second and we can’t always rely on others to provide medical treatment.

But emergencies can occur wherever you are, including in the home. Getting trained in CPR and first aid can help you be more prepared for accidents that might happen to your family and friends or others that might find themselves in an emergency situation.

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of thousands of people in this country every year and they encourage everyone to get trained in how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be able to help during an emergency situation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. A very high percentage of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital.

However, if people are trained and able to help, they increase the person’s chance of survival.

The Red Cross recommends that at least one person in every household and place of business be trained in CPR and the proper use of an AED. This training can give them the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with skills that can help save a life. It can take emergency personnel precious minutes to arrive on the scene.

For every minute without defibrillation, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of surviving drops. It is critical for as many people as possible to be trained to perform CPR and know how to use an AED until advanced help arrives.

Hunting season is just around the corner and one of the best ways to prepare is to get your CPR/AED and first aid certifications. CPR/AED and first aid certification classes are taught at the CSU Extension office each month and provide hands-on training for CPR, the proper use of an AED machine and first aid. The classes are taught by certified instructors and can be tailored to the needs of the class participants.

CPR/AED and first aid classes are being taught on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month throughout the remainder of 2016. Classes are from 6 to 10 p.m. and are held at the CSU Extension office at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Please call 264-5931 to preregister.

The cost of classes is $55 per class or $80 for both CPR and first aid. We can also arrange a separate class for groups of 10 or more individuals.

CPR/AED classes: Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

First Aid Classes: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.

This story was posted on August 25, 2016.