I am often asked how long a CPR class is. Typically they can run anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. It depends on the size of the class and the material covered. My classes due to run the full length of time because I like to provide a lot of hands on time and I want to make sure everyone's questions are answered. Some instructors or training sites may list their classes as only 2 hours. My guess is that they have much smaller classes or a lot more CPR equipment than I have.
No matter what the length of the course. A good CPR class should have the following components:
Hands on practice. Just watching a demonstration of a skill is not the same as learning it. Each participant in the class should have hands on practice time. Questions and answers. If you have a question the instructor should answer it. Keep in mind that while instructors do go through training to teach CPR, we aren't perfect and we don't know the answer to every question that could possibly be asked.…
It's a 5K with 2 water stops. Last weekend there were 3 water stops.
Between the 2 official water stops was a third one organized by the unionized employees of Westinghouse who are currently locked out of work by their employer.
I only know what was posted on WMUR's website. On the bystander side it looks the union wanted to renew their existing contract and the employer wanted to lower their health benefits. I'm sure there is more to it than that, but there are not a lot of articles explaining their stalemate.
Westinghouse has a facility at the Pease Tradeport where the race was held. The union set up tables and handed water out to all the runners and walkers. These are folks who aren't working right now and aren't getting paid. But they brought water and cups to help out the race. I k…
I had several good questions about DNR aka Do Not Resuscitate orders in some classes a few months ago, and recently there has been a very interesting legal discussion on them in one of the Instructors Forums I belong to.
A DNR order is a legal document signed by a patient's physician that states that in the event of a life-ending situation, life-saving measures should not be initiated. This means that CPR is not started. However if someone is choking, and is conscious, you can provide an abdominal or chest thrust to relieve choking. You should not start CPR if the foreign body airway obstruction cannot be removed. You can read the NH Definition of DNR here.
How do you know if a person has a DNR? In a medical care facility this will be in the patients chart and paperwork. The nursing and care staff should be familiar with does and does not have a DNR order. In an out-of-hospital setting check to see the patient is wearing a state-issued DNR bracelet or if the family has a co…