GJFD Hosts CPR Class with “Womannequins” for Heart Month

According to a recent study, men are more likely than women to receive CPR in public. While only 37% of all cardiac events happen in public locations, the higher rate of CPR given to men increases their survival rate 23% higher than women in those same situations. Because of this gap in care, Grand Junction Fire Department is hosting its first ever hands-only CPR class with womannequins, and traditional mannequins, on February 26th, from 12:15-12:45 PM. Citizens can register for the class online at http://www.cprisfree.com. As with all GJFD classes, attendance is free and open to the public.

Outreach Specialist Ellis Thompson-Ellis said, “In regular classes, I’ve frequently been asked about how to be respectful if a woman you don’t know needs CPR. When I saw the study, I realized we had to do something different.” Traditional CPR mannequins, known as resuscitation Annies, only allow people to practice on flat-chested patients. Thompson-Ellis said, “Regardless of someone’s gender or how their body is shaped, quick and effective CPR is critical, and that’s what we want to teach.”

Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. While the survival rate is less than 12%, CPR can double or even triple a victim’s odds of surviving. If you see someone collapse, call 911. If they aren’t breathing push hard and fast on the center of the chest to begin CPR, and if there is an AED around- use it. Thompson-Ellis said, “This class is meant to give people the skills and confidence to know when and how give effective CPR.”

For more information about hands-only CPR call the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or reach out by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.