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How to be a guardian angel

Learn CPR at Berger

by Charlene Bunas

Oakmont Health Initiative invites the community to a class on CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) on Wednesday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Berger Center in Oakmont. Pre-registration is not required. COVID protocols will be respected.

Come. You never know when such knowledge will save a life. No joke: On April 1, 2021, my sister Donna collapsed in the Denver Airport. Cardiac arrest. Thanks to someone she’ll never know, she’s alive, well, and maintains full cognitive ability and her hilarious sense of humor.

Donna’s unknown hero seems to have been a fellow traveler who knew enough to take action. The hero applied CPR forcefully enough, long enough, and steadily enough until paramedics could arrive and take over. They applied an AED and that made all the difference.

If CPR and/or a defibrillator is used within the first minute after cardiac arrest, the survival rate can be as high as 90%. If used within the first three to five minutes, likelihood of survival is roughly 74%.