Wednesday, March 21, 2012

When seconds matter

MKC employees practice CPR procedures.
When an adult, child or infant suddenly stops breathing, his or her survival may depend on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most people don’t know how to perform it. 

Each year, MKC offers a first aid and CPR class at no cost to its employees.   This year’s class was taught to more than 50 employees by Robert Hickman, Safety Director for MKC and an AHA certified CPR trainer.  First aid and CPR training are just two of many safety courses offered by MKC each year. 

According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. 

“We know the time it takes for emergency responders to arrive can be critical,” states  Hickman.  “Training our employees to administer CPR and basic first aid may help save a co-worker, customer or even a loved one.”

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