St Johns County citizens should learn lifesaving CPR

400-CPR-AED-SURVIVOROne recent cardiac arrest patient in St Augustine believes the advice of St Johns County Fire Rescue emergency medical personnel; CPR works — just ask T.C. Carr.

On June 18th 2013, first responders had the opportunity to see firsthand a positive outcome obtained through coordinated care and response; from the initial emergency on June 15th, to the transfer of care to emergency physicians at the hospital — everyone worked together that day to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.

“Early Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and defibrillation are key factors in patient survival in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” Chief Carl Shank told Historic City News this week. “The first responders involved in the emergency call June 15th had the opportunity to re-unite with Mr. Carr and his family at Flagler Hospital to find him in good spirits and very grateful for the rapid response; as well as the high level of medical care he received during his event.”

Would you be prepared to help save the life of a heart attack victim?

St Johns County Fire Rescue is a certified American Heart Association Training Center, offering this lifesaving training to local citizens.

“Our goal is to provide the community with the training, confidence and skills needed to act quickly and effectively in the midst of an emergency such as cardiac arrest,” Marine Rescue Lieutenant Jeremy Robshaw told local reporters.

If you are interested in becoming CPR/AED certified, please check out the AHA information page on the St Johns County website.

You will find various levels of training available and a schedule of class dates already planned. Some training by certified instructors may be scheduled at your place of business by advance arrangement. Fees for basic Heartsaver classes start at $45 when held at the American Heart Association Training Center; located at 3657 Gaines Road in St Augustine.

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