SCOTTSBUFF, Neb. (KNEP) Graham Judd, EMS program director at WNCC Harms Center Estimates there are 5 to 10 cardiac emergencies in the county on any given day, and any of those events could turn into cardiac arrest.
During cardiac arrest a person loses consciousness in 2 minutes, goes brain-dead in four to six minutes. The closest ambulance in town is about 8 minutes away. Bystanders who know CPR have the ability to keep that blood and oxygen pumping until emergency personnel arrive.
Judd learned CPR when he was 15. When he was 18, he used that training for the first time because a three year old girl had drowned in a swimming pool in his apartment complex.
“I rendered assistance to this little girl until the paramedics could get there,” said Judd, “and we saved her life because of the training I got when I was a sophomore in high school.”
Training has changed since Judd’s high school years. CPR is the same, but CPR methods are slightly modified based on extensive research. The American Heart Association comes out with new criteria for CPR every five years.
“For example, in 2015 we stepped away from the ABC method (airway, breathing, compressions) method to the CAB method (compression, airway, and breathing)” said Judd. “The reason they’ve set compressions first, is because statistics show that the most vital part of resuscitation of any cardiac arrest patients is -compressions.”
The EMS department hosts BLS Instructor led training utilizing simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Classes are $65, and are available every other month at WNCC harms center for civilians and medical professionals. At the end of the four hour course and after passing a written and oral examination, students receive CPR certification.