DSU employees ready to save lives

According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Dakota State University employees recently had the chance to become certified or re-certified in lifesaving CPR. A total of 47 faculty and staff received CPR certification, with 16 of those being new certifications.

DSU employees received the Adult CPR/AED training and will be certified for two years through the American Heart Association.  The training also included use of a PocketCPR CPR device, which is a portable, lightweight device about the size of a cell phone that measures and provides real-time audio and visual feedback about the rate and depth of chest compressions as well as breathing techniques during CPR. Those performing CPR are then able to adjust their chest compressions to the correct depth at the right rate.

DSU is one of the first universities in the nation to adopt the Pocket CPR campus-wide, according to Pocket CPR’s spokesman.  Beginning this year, there will be at least two Pocket CPR Devices located in in each building on campus to assist anyone with the process of giving CPR.  Director of HR, Maria Harder stated, “Although we are located close to the hospital here in Madison, I am glad to see so many employees are willing to help save another person’s live through the use of CPR.  The worst action a person could take is no action at all in an emergency.”

To learn more about CPR, logon to America Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org. To find out more about the Pocket CPR device, logon to http://www.pocketcpr.com.

Last Updated: 4/12/12