Harry Poland, an instructor for the American Red Cross, spent the day in our conference room teaching 8 minds in the world of CPR. Before we began the lessons, Mr. Poland told us his background story and how he got to where he is today. Poland was a combat medic in the US Army and became a Physicians Assistant which he is now retired, works part-time at Penn State Hershey and teaches CPR training classes for the American Red Cross. Whoa. This man has seen some things and knows what he is talking about. Quite a privilege to be under is tutelage.
In just 4 hours we covered many life saving techniques.
Addressing a wound correctly, implementing the F-A-S-T acronym used to help detect responsiveness to a stroke, (F, Face A, Arms, S, Speech, T, Time) CPR, when and how to apply the AED device and how to handle conscious choking.
All 8 of us who took the class, all became certified. We needed to show the instructor we could make the right decisions and do compressions for 5 mins on the practice dummies. If ever a co-worker is in need, we now have the skills and the confidence to help!