CCH to offer FREE CPR class for the public

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 people in theCPR United States suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year and just 12 percent survive. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.

Central Community Hospital, Elkader wants to help increase the chance of survival in our communities by sponsoring a free CPR certification class for the public Thursday, Oct. 26. The class will be held from 6-9 pm at the Central State Bank Community Room, 200 N Main, Elkader. Paramedic and certified CPR instructor Ken Hoeger, will be the trainer for the course.

CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is the act of giving chest compressions and breaths to keep the oxygenated blood flowing to the vital organs for someone in cardiac arrest. This significantly improves the chance of survival in the case of cardiac emergencies. This class will supply you with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. It will cover CPR for adults, children and infants. Upon completion of the course your certification is valid for two years by the American Heart Association.  The class is for adults and is free but participants are required to pre-register due to the limited space.

To register call Patti Wacker, Central Community Hospital Foundation & Marketing Director at 563-245-7012 or email The class is an effort to continue to further the hospital’s goals of creating a healthier, safer and more knowledgeable community base.

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