Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hands-only cpr class

Yesterday I attended the 11 am "hands-only" cpr training sponsored by the Three Rivers CPR Task Force. It was held at the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Community Center on Main Street in Fort Wayne.

I mostly went just to actually 'do' something... but also because it was free, and I think it's good to know a few things like that. I also went as a way to get myself 'out there' and maybe even meet some people. It was also my first time at the community center. It was kind of interesting.

It only lasted 45 minutes, and I can't say that I feel like I learned a ton... but I did learn a thing or two. I suppose there were maybe 40 or 50 people in my particular class (there were classes from 9-9:45, 10-10:45 and 11-11:45). I sat at a table with 4 other guys (one of whom happens to be the morning news guy on WBCL). I didn't really meet anybody, but did chat a bit with the guys at my table. About all the class consisted of was listening to the instructor, watching a short video, practicing chest compressions on our little toy ambulance, and then we also got to practice on a torso dummy. The main thing I remember is that you should do the compressions to the beat of 'Stayin' Alive' by the BeeGees (pretty fast, in other words).

So... all in all it was a worthwhile endeavor. Someday I wouldn't mind getting certified in full-fledged CPR training, but I get grossed out kind of easily about stuff like that, so... I don't know.