HealthWatch: CPR training

Kaukauna (WFRV) Up to 80 percent out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in homes, but only about 46% of people who have a heart attack outside a hospital get the immediate help they need before emergency crews arrive. Which is why one local hospital offers cpr training to the public and coaches.

Robert Vander Heiden is the head boys & girls track and field coach and assistant football coach at Kaukauna High School.  If someone should suffer a cardiac arrest at a game or meet, he's ready, "When I look at the athletes I coach I look at them if they were my kid, what kind of treatment what kind of service would I want for them," explained Robert Vander Heiden, coach, Kaukauna High School.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association requires all coaches to have CPR training, "About 95 percent of people that do suffer cardiac arrest outside of the  hospital die before they reach the hospital because people don't know how to do CPR," said Lisa Resch, clinical educator, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

And if CPR is given- the chances of survival goes way up, "If you are able to do bystander CPR when somebody suffers a sudden cardiac arrest their chances of survival more than double," explained Resch.

A lot of coaches in our area, like Coach Vander Heiden, have been trained by Aurora BayCare Medical Center through it's Heart Saver CPR Class, "For the coaches we do the Heart Saver, CPR, AED. So we teach them adult one and two person rescue with the AED and there is also a first aid component to it," explained Resch.

And learning is simple, "It wasn't hard at all, it was very, very simple very easy," said Coach Vander Heiden. 

And learning to use a portable AED is easy, "AED's that are in the public are meant to function at about a 5th grade level so the biggest thing is you turn it on and you listen for it to tell you what to do and you follow those prompts and it will  walk you through it," explained Resch.

The hospital also offers training for community groups, "So we teach them how to do the hands only CPR and we teach them how to use the defibrillator and do one and two person rescue," explained Resch.

And although Coach Vander Heiden has not had to use his life saving skills,  he's glad he has them, "I think when you go and get this training, I think you hope that you never have to use it. But if you had to it's another tool in your belt you can pull it out and put it into action and save somebody's life," said Coach Vander Heiden. 

You don't have to be a coach to attend a CPR training class- they are open to anyone. The coaches are trained through a partnership between the schools and the hospital. Otherwise groups or organizations can contact the hospital.

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 


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