EASTON, Md.- It was a marathon of a different kind
Wednesday in Talbot County. The annual CPR Marathon draws in hundreds of people looking to
learn or re-learn skills that
could save a life.
over 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year," noted Brian LeCates,
EMS division chief for Talbot County DES. "For
someone that would collapse in a public place, or even in a private home, if
someone can initiate CPR, their chances of survival almost double."
That is why
people like Renee North participated in the event, which ran in hour-long
classes at the Talbot County Community Center.
"I am a
nurse, but I've been out of the clinical area for several years," North
explained. "I actually ride a motorcycle with about three different groups and
we're kind of an older population, and I thought it would be a good idea to
just refresh my skills in case of an emergency."
North noted, that can happen at any time, and in any place.
things happen, like it or not and we can't plan for that," she said. "The more
people out there that are educated, the better."
better way to get educated than in the classroom -- with hands-on instruction on
traditional CPR and use of automated
defibrillators, or AEDs.
behind the CPR marathon is to train as many layperson, people out in the
community, so that there's a lot of people there that are
trained, that can, in the event of a sudden, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,
they can start CPR until EMS can arrive and take over the scene and begin the
life-saving initiatives that we need to do to help save a life," said LeCates.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:21:33 GMT
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