The more citizens trained to provide CPR and first aid, the more prepared our communities will be. That’s why the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is proud to train more than 1,000 people each year.
The training is required for some, such as school bus drivers and childcare providers, but employers, civic organizations, other groups and even individuals work with the health department to learn these life-saving skills. Training is available upon request.
When you train for CPR certification, you’ll learn the techniques designed to circulate blood and deliver oxygen to the brain until emergency crews get to the scene. You’ll also learn, for example, how to recognize the earliest signs of cardiac arrest so you can save precious seconds and call 9-1-1 sooner.
CPR saves lives.
• Effective CPR provided by a bystander immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Yet, just 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander.
• About 88 percent of cardiac arrests happen at home. Consider that the life you save through CPR will likely be the life of a loved one.
• About 4,600 Kentuckians die each year of cardiac arrest occurring outside a hospital, usually in the presence of a family member or friend.
Kentucky HeartSafe Community
The Kentucky Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, is helping communities across the state ensure that anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest will have the best possible chance of survival through the Kentucky HeartSafe Community program.
In the Lincoln Trail district, Marion County has been named a HeartSafe Community.
Community designation criteria categories include:
• CPR, CPR/AED training
• Placement of AEDs
• Designated first responders
• Advanced life support
• Community’s ongoing evaluation process
LEARN MORE: Find out more about becoming a HeartSafe Community.