In the event of  a medical emergency or accident, it’s important to know how to handle it. This was true for Terry Penner and other employees with the Seymour Bank during a bank-sponsored event in October after a man attending the event became ill.  

While no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was needed that night, several people stepped up and took control of the medical situation, thanks to the skills they learned from the Webster County Health Unit’s CPR training class.

“Several employees who had received training were there that night,” said Penner. “They stayed calm and sprang into action, calling paramedics and helping the man until help arrived.”

Eleven bank employees from all three locations (Marshfield, Rogersville and Seymour) completed and passed their CPR training in August. Penner said she had contacted Lisa Tindall with the Webster County Health Unit and talked to her about offering the course to employees at the Seymour Bank.

“Lisa was all for it,” said Penner. “She thought it would be a great idea. The bank paid for the cost of the class for the employees, and we are very proud of the employees for wanting to get this training. We are prepared for a medical emergency at all of our locations.”

She added that they hope to have another class for other employees interested in completing the training.

The CPR classes are covered by the American Heart Association (AHA), a nonprofit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Tindall, who has been with the Webster County Health Unit for about five years, teaches the CPR training course.

“I try to offer a CPR training every once in a while, at least every other month,” said Tindall. “I think everyone should know CPR, and to have a business where every employee knows CPR is a good thing.”

According to Tindall, the class is about four hours long and is a video-based, instructor-led course. Participants learn adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants. Upon completion of the class, they can earn their course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

“The course was very helpful,” said Penner. “I think what surprised me the most was how many chest compressions you had to do on adults versus infants. It was definitely an educational experience and something that will be beneficial for our employees.”

CPR training classes are $25 a person, which covers the book and the course completion card. Any business interested in doing CPR training with its employees can call Tindall  at the Webster County Health Unit at 859-2532, ext. 229.

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