Free CPR Anytime Training to be Held in Merrill

Programs are part of an American Heart Association grant to initiate significant CPR training effort in Central and Northern Wisconsin

In celebration of the upcoming American Heart month in February, the Heart Care Team of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care will provide two free CPR Anytime training sessions for the Merrill community.

The Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team is the recipient of a $54,000 grant to provide American Heart Association “CPR Anytime Kits” to assist in the implementation of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program that is simple and convenient to use.
In Merrill, this training will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Prairie River Middle School Gymnasium. An additional session will be held on Wednesday, February 4 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Kate Goodrich Elementary School Gymnasium. This is a free program open to anyone interested in the community, but advanced registration is required by calling 715.539.5090.

Educators from Good Samaritan Health Center and Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center will lead the CPR Anytime sessions. As a part of the program, each participant will receive a CPR Anytime Kit and be encouraged to bring the kit home to help train their friends and families.

Each CPR Anytime Kit contains a training DVD and a manikin, which inflates to practice ventilation and compression techniques that are part of performing CPR. “The person who receives the CPR Anytime kit can continue to review and practice those techniques at home as well as share the kit with family members,” said Sharon Karow, CPR instructor at Good Samaritan Health Center. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Merrill Area Public Schools which will provide enough space to provide this training for as many people as possible.”

“About 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, according to American Heart Association statistics,” said Nicholas Wyskoarko, M.D., cardiologist at Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center. “However death is not inevitable. Because many cardiac arrests occur at home, CPR training can help save a family member or friend. Brain death begins four to six minutes after cardiac arrest. A victim’s chance of survival doubles when effective bystander CPR is provided immediately.”

The American Heart Association chose the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry health Care Heart Care Team to develop the program because of its strong relationship and vast network of facilities in north central Wisconsin.

Katie Connolly, community strategies manager for the American Heart Association says the association has recognized that millions of people aren’t being reached with CPR training.

“The typical person that takes the training needs it for their job. That’s why the American Heart Association, along with Laerdal Medical, developed ‘CPR Anytime’. It’s an easy, quick and cost-effective way to reach the masses with CPR training. Once an individual goes through the training with the kit, it’s theirs to keep and take home to train their families and friends. Thus, reaching an average three additional people – those individuals normally wouldn’t attend a CPR class – and resulting in more lives being saved. Through Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care’s involvement with the program, thousands of people will be trained and have the skills needed to save lives,” said Connolly.

The funds allocated to the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team from the American Heart Association is the result of an allocation from American Family Insurance’s Charity Cap Campaign conducted with the Green Bay Packers. Two years ago, Packers fans from throughout the world purchased red caps benefiting heart research, education and other support programs.

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