DSU Offers CPR Training
Dakota State University recently sponsored cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes for faculty and staff and Madison city employees. The classes were sponsored by DSU Human Resources in conjunction with the campus Risk Management Committee. The training is part of the campus strategic plan to provide opportunities to employees as well as outreach to local citizens.
Tim McCough, Director of Marketing and Sales from Bio-Detek, conducted the training using a device called PocketCPR. Madison Police Chief Chuck Pulford has equipped each of his police squad cars with the PocketCPR device, and was instrumental in bringing the training to Dakota State. The PocketCPR (www.pocketcpr.com) device prompts the user with audible and visual feedback to perform CPR consistent with the American Heart Association (AHA) and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Guidelines. The device is similar in size to a cell phone. According to McCough, DSU is one of the first universities in the nation to implement the PocketCPR device campus wide.
Training was offered over a 2-day period. 63 people took advantage of the classes, including 51 DSU employees, 7 Madison city employees and 5 employees of Aramark, DSU's food service operator. Participants earned CPR certification valid for two years.
DSU's Human Resources Office plans additional training and workshops with topics including leadership, motivation, teamwork, conflict resolution, and effective writing.