by Dennis Dalman
Knowing how to administer CPR is important because it can keep people experiencing cardiac arrest alive until they receive help to start their hearts again. A free CPR course is being offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Sartell Community Center (Liberty Room).
The course also will include an introduction to using an AED station.
Many cities and rural areas now have AED stations along roadways or population areas. At those stations, AED machines can deliver a shock to restart the heart after a cardiac arrest. Sartell has two AED stations, one in Lions Park across from Sartell City Hall and one in Pine Point.
The introductory lesson will be taught by Todd Wistrom, Sartell, who, along with his wife, Susan, owns and operates Specialized Health and Safety. The Wistroms are certified and licensed by the American Heart Association to teach courses in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automatic external defibrillation).
“It’s important for people to know this class is not for certification,” said Todd Wistrom. “It’s just an orientation so people will feel comfortable doing CPR or using an AED.”
At the session, mannequins will be provided on which to practice. All participants must wear masks, and social distancing will be observed. Each participant will be provided separate practice equipment.
To register for the session, call 320-267-0606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.