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Jill Gossett hopes area residents will take some classes that truly can be a lifesaver.

Methodist Fremont Health is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid classes for the community.

The classes are set for Feb. 21 on the third floor of Methodist Fremont Health’s Health Park Plaza.

These classes are:

Community CPR.

  • The class, which starts at 5 p.m., teaches CPR and AED use for adults, CPR for infants and relief of choking and use of barrier devices for all ages. Cost for this class is $50.

Community First Aid.

  • This class, which begins at 7:30 p.m., teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles, medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies. Cost for this class is $50.

For more information or to register, please call 844-4-FREMONT (844-437-3666).

American Heart Association certification cards will be mailed within 30 days of completion of the course or courses. Participants in these classes can earn up to 36 hours of community service (18 hours for CPR and 18 hours for first aid) upon completion.

Cardiac or first aid emergencies can occur at any time.

And Gossett, coordinator of community health and wellness at Methodist Fremont Health, knows the importance of these classes.

“CPR saves lives,” Gossett said. “It is easy to learn and people can feel comfortable doing compressions only.

“You’re not expected to do mouth to mouth anymore,” Gossett said. “If someone is able to at least do compressions, they can they can keep the blood circulating throughout the body longer and that then increases the chance of survival for that person who has suffered cardiac arrest.”

The American Heart Association states that almost 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home or in public places.

In most of these cases, the person nearest is often a family member or bystander with no medical expertise.

Providing CPR quickly to the victim significantly increases their chances of survival.

It literally could be the difference between life and death.

Gossett agreed.

“A lot of times, we know those people who have suffered cardiac arrest and you want to help your friends and family — and knowing CPR just makes it easier to spring into action or know what course of action to take,” Gossett said.

Methodist Fremont Health offers CPR and first aid classes for the community as part of its commitment to improving the health of the community through ongoing educational and support opportunities.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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