CPR, first aid classes to be held at NARH

Sunday, January 11
NORTH ADAMS — Northern Berkshire Healthcare has scheduled a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class and a first aid class in January.

The Community Heartsaver Class will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Heartsaver First Aid class will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both classes will be held in the education classroom at North Adams Regional Hospital.

Both classes are American Heart Association approved. To register, call 664-5404.

Heartsaver AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) was designed to prepare a wide variety of people who want or need to learn CPR. Reasons for certification include a need to perform CPR in the workplace or similar setting, knowing how to use an AED and knowing how to help someone who is choking.

The Heartsaver First Aid class will cover the basics of first aid and is designed for anyone who needs to learn basic first aid.

Cardiac arrest can result from heart attack, drowning, electric shock and other problems. Studies show that effective CPR, quickly administered, improves survival from cardiac arrest.

Staff from the Reach Community Health Foundation, a non-profit entity of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, are certified by the American Heart Association to conduct the community classes. The class is approximately four hours long.

The course uses a "practice while watching" method. The student will be given a workbook that includes a CD prior to the class.

The cost for the class is $40. The fee covers the cost of the student workbook and certification card.

Upon demonstration of the skills taught in the course, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED course completion card. For more information or to register for an upcoming CPR class, please call 664-5404.


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