“Over 1,000 people EVERY day experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the United States. Sadly, about 9 out of 10 of those sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. It is the leading cause of death, by far, for people over the age of 40 in the US. However, statistics prove that when more people know how to perform CPR, and use an AED, the chances for survival increases dramatically! When bystanders intervene by giving CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) before EMS arrives, four out of 10 victims will survive!

 

Our Temple has an AED mounted outside our sanctuary, but our community needs more folks who are trained in their use. Temple Beth Miriam, therefore, has teamed up with congregants Beth and Tim Knotts, American Heart Association Instructors, to bring CPR/AED training to our community!

 

The training will take place on Thursday, June 5th, at the Temple. The class will start promptly at 7:00 pm (so come a little early for paperwork!), and end no later than 10:00 pm (class could get out earlier, depending on the skill level of the class and how fast the material can be gotten through). This training is good for all ages, but especially those who are around infants, young children (baby sitters, young parents & grandparents) or elderly adult members of our community. The course will cover CPR/AED procedures for infants, children and adults, as well as how to respond to choking for all three groups.

 

The class will cost $5 per person (this goes directly to the AHA for the card). If participants want the manuals that go with the class they will be available for purchase, but at an extra charge (at the AHA’s cost).

 

The class has a maximum attendance of 14, so call the Temple office to sign up right away! The class is designed for anyone over the age of 12, but it will require class participants to get down on the floor to practice CPR and AED use on dummies (this is were CPR and AED use occurs!).  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This is a hands on class!

 

Please contact Marje Richter at the Temple office (732-222-3754) to sign up for the class, again, as soon as possible so you are not left out! We expect this class to fill up fast! The $5 will be collected the night of the class. Contact Beth Knotts (732-259-0038) for any questions or more details about the course.”