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Anytime, Anywhere You Need to be Prepared: First Aid, CPR & AED Workshop

Posted Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-563-1363; spectrumgenerations.org

The sad truth is most people don’t survive cardiac arrest. If a family member, friend or infant in your care had a cardiac or first aid emergency in your presence, could you recognize the signs and respond quickly and appropriately? By attending a community based First Aid, AED and CPR class facilitated by Roger Quandt, Director of Emergency Medical Services for Westport Island, on August 21 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta you will recognize the signs and be able to respond appropriately.

Summer and fall are the season for swimming, boating and poolside barbeques — and a higher likelihood of drowning. Spectrum Generations wants families to stay safe and to be prepared in the event of an emergency by learning CPR and basic First Aid as well as how to operate an AED (automatic external defibrillator ) before a tragedy strikes.

In Roger’s class you will learn how to handle emergency situations and administer basic care for injuries or sudden illness until advanced medical care can take over. First Aid teaches you to take basic disease transmission precautions, recognize and care for bleeding, wounds, and sudden illness; and immobilize muscle, bone and joint injuries. If administered correctly CPR can be used to help someone in breathing and cardiac emergencies. Compression-Only CPR involves giving continuous chest compressions (at the rate of 100 compressions per minute) without rescue breaths.

Anyone can learn CPR and become familiar with First Aid and AED techniques. Make sure you are prepared for the unexpected emergency that just may happen while enjoying Maine’s outdoor beauty. Update your CPR, AED and First Aid skills or learn the techniques for the first time by attending Coastal’s August 21 CPR, AED and First Aid Workshop. Advanced registration required. Call 563-1363 by August 19. $30 participation fee includes course materials and graduates CPR, AED and First Aid Certificate.

Spectrum Generations is central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center. Its mission is to promote life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and the social well-being of all older and disabled adults. For more information Spectrum Generations other services, call 207-563-1363 or visit us online at www.spectrumgenerations.org. Like us on Facebook.

If you’d like more information about Spectrum Generations or the Coastal Community Center or to schedule an interview with Roger Quandt, please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org.

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