Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saving Little Annie

One of the requirements for the Mazamas Climb Leader Development is that I am trained in Mountain First Aid.  My First Aid training expires this year, so in March I will take a re-certification course.  To complete this course I have to renew my Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training.  So today I arranged a date with Annie the Mannequin at Portland Community College.  Every CPR course that I take stirs up memories of learning and relearning CPR with my Boy Scout Troop 550 and the Camp Parsons staff.  There have been changes since those days.  No longer do they teach taking the patients pulse or performing CPR as a pair.  Also, they have simplified the process for locating the place for compressions.  Included now in the curriculum is use of Automated External Defibrillators.  When we were tested the instructor had his stopwatch out, making sure that we listened long enough for a breathing and that our compressions were not too fast or slow.  I survived all of that, in addition to the awkwardness of being the patient for the Heimlick Maneuver.   

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