Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a valuable skill that saves lives. Over the last few months, nearly 65 staff members at the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) received CPR training, including those in non-clinical roles like employees in the business office or dietary. American Heart Association Instructor and MCHC Maintenance Technician and Safety Officer, Josh Schoener, taught the Basic Life Support courses.
CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs during a cardiac arrest, giving the victim a better chance for a full recovery. Immediate CPR can double or triple a person’s chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
“Learning CPR empowers everyday people to become heroes, enabling them to resuscitate a friend, a family member or even a stranger. We wanted to empower all or our caregivers to do this, not just our clinical staff. I would challenge other employers to do the same,” said CEO, Jeff Mengenhausen. “If your company would like to lead the way with us, please contact us to schedule your training.”
After completing the four-hour course on CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), staff members were certified by the American Heart Association. Clinical caregivers in radiology, lab, nursing, and physical therapy also took a CPR refresher course at MCHC, which is required every two years.