CPR Classes & AED Registration
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading killer of Americans and can affect those of any age, medical condition, or no medical condition at all. When CPR is done quickly and correctly, the chance of survival greatly increases. Consider this from April Traxler, RN, who works in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory: “One of the hardest parts about dealing with sudden cardiac arrest is when the patient has suffered significant brain loss due to the lack of oxygen because there was a delay in CPR. By the immediate return of oxygenated blood to the brain through CPR, the patient has their best chance of survival.”
Catawba County EMS offers non-certification CPR classes for schools, churches, clubs, and a variety of other groups. The class takes about an hour and includes a short lecture and hands-on training. For more information or to schedule a class, contact Melanie Sigmon at (828) 464-1575.
Catawba County maintains a registry which stores information about the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in our community. An AED is a device that is used to administer an electric shock (defibrillation) to the heart during certain types of sudden cardiac arrest. It is designed to be operated by a lay person. When the AED is powered up, an automated voice will give instruction for AED use. The device will not shock unless needed. Watch this video to see how an AED operates.
Once an AED is registered, if 911 is called and a cardiac arrest is identified, the 911 telecommunicator will be able to notify the caller if an AED is available at their location and where it can be found. The telelcommunicator can also provide instructions for performing CPR and AED use. This is extremely valuable information, as a victim’s chances of survival are reduced by up to 10% for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation.
For more information, contact Melanie Sigmon at (828) 464-1575.
Register Your AED Online
There is no cost to register an AED. Churches, schools, businesses, or any other facility with an AED are highly encouraged to register their devices by clicking on the button below and completing the online registration form.