Creatacor Staff Participates In AHA HeartSaver AED Certification Course

On Wednesday, October 6th 2010, nine Creatacor staff members participated in the American Heart Association HeartSaver AED certification course presented by the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps.

This 3 hour course taught us how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device on adults, young children and infants.

Here are some pics of us in action:

Creatacor staff members taking the AHA HeartSaver AED Certification Course

Creatacor staff members taking the AHA HeartSaver AED Certification Course

Our instructor Eric taught us all the proper techniques – and we practiced the breathing, chest compressions and using the AED device. We also learned that when doing chest compressions, you should be performing them at rate of 100 per minute. To help you get into the correct rhythm, Eric suggested thinking of the songs “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen, and “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, as these songs are 100 beats per minute. Two very interesting songs to hum while you are performing CPR…

We also learned that the CPHM Emergency Corps use Laerdal Medical’s CPR training devices – Little Anne®, Little Junior™, Baby Anne®, and the HeartStart® AED Trainer. Creatacor has assisted Laerdal in celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Resusci Anne since her launch in 1960. One of the original manikins has been on display at a number of their tradeshow exhibits and conferences.

Laerdal Medical - Resusci Anne

The training took place in our conference room – with the doors closed… But I’m sure the rest of the staff heard the shouted commands of “Call 911, get an AED!” and “CLEAR!” as we practiced.

Also, it was probably a good idea that it was a closed-door training as someone could have walked by to see this:

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeEoENfAZr4

…easy to explain. We were also taught how to help choking victims. In the video above, we are practicing the technique to clear the airway of a choking infant. At the end of the course, we all felt confident that we could help in an emergency situation.

Thanks to the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps and Creatacor for offering the training.

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