Would You Know How to Help?

By: Nancy Wagner

Have you ever witnessed someone experiencing cardiac arrest and thought to yourself, “Would I know what to do to help?” Time is of the essence. According to the American Heart Association, most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

Knowing what to do and being willing to help can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. Copley Hospital offers CPR classes for the public. Follow this link for a list of dates, times and cost: https://www.copleyvt.org/classes-and-events/. These CPR classes also cover what to do if someone is choking and proper use of an AED. If you are an employer and would like us to come to your workplace, please call the Wellness Center at 888-8369.

I recently taught a class which included my son, Pete, and my husband, Scott.  Pete commented, “Wow, that’s really easy. Almost anyone could do that!”  And Scott said he wouldn’t hesitate to jump in and help if someone were in trouble. A week later another participant found herself choking and was able to use a chair to dislodge the culprit.  Talk about putting your knowledge to good use!

Much more information can be found at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/. Not from this area and looking for a CPR class? Most fire and ambulance departments offer classes or could help you find one in your area.


Nancy Wagner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator at Copley Hospital. She provides health and wellness to Copley employees through screenings, education and fun activities; educates patients regarding their nutrition and diabetes needs; and works with community members providing education to schools and businesses. Nancy enjoys helping others learn new things about nutrition, their health habits, and their chronic diseases.

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