Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, who will lead hands-only CPR workshops at Winona Health on Saturday, June 9.
What would you do if you were with a loved one or a stranger when they experienced sudden cardiac arrest? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Helen Bagshaw, a critical care registered nurse (CCRN), is offering free, hands-only CPR workshops on Saturday, June 9, at Winona Health. She’ll teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.
All people ages 12 and older are welcome; those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are just 30 minutes and class size is limited to 12 people per workshop. Workshops are scheduled for the following times on Saturday, June 9:
• 8:30-9 a.m.
• 9:15-9:45 a.m.
• 10-10:30 a.m.
• 10:45-11:15 a.m.
• 11:30 a.m. to noon
“People are often surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands-only CPR chest compression is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” said Bagshaw, a CCRN in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit and an active community volunteer. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Here are a few good reasons to sign up:
• 89 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home.
• Only 38 percent of Americans know how or have received CPR training.
• Hands-only CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
• Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, June 7, by calling 507-457-4934, or by going online to www.winonahealth.org/cpr.