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Free Family & Friends CPR Class in December

November 14, 2014

Only about 15 percent of cardiac arrest cases get bystander CPR.

To increase the number of community members who know how to perform chest compressions and use an automated external defibrillator, Good Samaritan Medical Center is offering a free Family & Friends CPR class on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Space is limited to 30 registrants.

“If we get the maximum number signed up, we can absolutely offer it again in the future,” said Mary Seitenbach, Chest Pain Center and Stroke Coordinator for the hospital.

Bystander CPR

George “Preston” Pierce, 65, was passing by Zeon Corporation in Louisville, Colo., when he collapsed suddenly. Zeon Corporation employees who witnessed the fall rushed outside and began performing chest compressions until an emergency medical team arrived.

“When sudden cardiac arrest victims go down, quick action is of extreme importance,” said Rob Haberer, a Louisville Fire paramedic who came on the scene. “We can greatly increase their chance of survival if a bystander is there to help immediately.”

Pierce was delivered to Good Samaritan Medical Center with a pulse and was later transported to Saint Joseph Hospital for additional care. He was discharged from the hospital two weeks later and is returning to work soon.

His heroes in those critical first moments are Lori Cito, Matt Maestas, Charles Tapia, Gary Jorgensen and Paul Martinez.

To learn more and register for the Family & Friends CPR class, please visit www.goodsamcpr.eventbrite.com.