February 18, 2007

CPR Course

Yesterday we attended a CPR-AED course sponsored by the Basye Lions Club. Our teacher was neighbor Norm Butman, a Red Cross instructor. It's been decades since I took a CPR course, and back then there were no AED's (portable defibrillators).

The AED is a remarkable machine. It is computerized and once you turn it on, it talks you through the entire process. It can analyze the victim's heartbeat and decide what kind of a shock to administer, if any. Many public places have AED's available in case someone has a heart attack.

You can actually purchase an AED from Amazon.com.

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