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March 14, 2014

Union Hospital offers external defibrillator training March 15 in Casey

Staff members from Union Hospital are partnering with Clark County, Ill., residents to offer free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training to interested community members. The event, offering Hands-Only CPR, will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT on March 15 in the Roosevelt Community Center at 401 E. Main St. with training sessions running every half hour until 5:30 p.m.

Hands-Only CPR teaches the basics of CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. The training encourages bystanders of a cardiac event to take action. The training is especially encouraged for children. According to the American Heart Association nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States and an individual’s survival often depends on immediate CPR being given.

The training sessions are offered through a federal grant that was awarded to Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health. The Lugar Center, in its mission of “advancing rural health through education, innovation, and collaboration,” was recently awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to purchase several automated external defibrillators to be placed in rural Parke and Vermillion counties in Indiana, and Clark County in Illinois. In addition, the grant allows for training sessions to be provided by certified American Heart Association instructors through Union Hospital’s AHA Training Center.

In addition to the public Hands-Only CPR course, a group of youth coaches from the community will be provided a more advanced session that teaches CPR and the use of AEDs.

Organizations in these counties interested in hosting a community CPR/AED training event or wishing additional information regarding the project, should contact Jackie Mathis,, at Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar for Rural Health. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

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