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Doctors Offer Free Classes in CPR
March 3, 2010

Doctors Offer Free Classes in CPR

Fort Myers News-Press/Healthy Living Page Tuesday, March 3, 2010

By Francesca Donlan

Area health practitioners want you to take someone's life in your own hands.   

Urgent Care Center of SW Florida is offering free adult Red Cross CPR/AED Certification Classes to the public.

"We are all board certified emergency room doctors and experienced emergency-trained staff, so we know the importance of being a first-person responder and encourage people to be trained in both CPR and AED," says Dr. Larry Hobbs, managing partner of Urgent Care Center.

"We feel it's our obligation to offer this training free to as many people as we can in the communities we serve."

The course will focus on both CPR techniques and the use of the automated external defibrillator.  Urgent Care Center will absorb the cost for up to 100 participants over the series.  Classes will be offered at centers in Cape Coral and Estero.

Jenni Fritz, 34, of Cape Coral, signed up for a free class.  The mother of two young children has never taken a CPR course and wants to be prepared for an emergency.

"I probably wouldn't take one if I had to pay for it right now," she said. "It's definitely something I've wanted to do and nothing is stopping me now."

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 300,000 Americans a year.  Learning CPR and AED techniques helps save lives.  As defibrillators have come down in cost and grown easier to use, they are in more public and private places.  Knowing both techniques provides an even greater opportunity to save lives.

Through classroom video and hands-on training, participants will learn to recognize life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies and feel more comfortable about responding.  Participants will have materials to take home that will help review techniques.  The program will be taught by an American Red Cross CPR-AED instructor. 

Additional classes will be scheduled in the next few months.  Enrollment is limited in each class.

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