Pulse strengthens for CPR program
The idea of saving lives is catching on around Farmington.
The Farmington Heart Restart program has been up and running for about six months, and it seems to be growing more popular every week.
At least, that's what organizer Glen Anderson thinks. In six months, the program has held a number of training sessions. Quite a few people have learned about sudden cardiac arrest, and how basic life-saving skills called Anytime CPR can help.
The Heart Restart program involves training with the help of a kit that includes a blow-up resuscitation manikin and a DVD that provides instruction in the basic skills. The training takes about 22 minutes, and covers the core skills in CPR. Without keeping hard-and-fast numbers, Anderson says an ever-growing number of people have learned the basics over the past few months.
Right before the Dakota County Fair last summer, fair staff and volunteers all participated in a training session. At the Farmington Fire Department's last open house, another 50 or so got information.
Farmington's Heart Restart project falls under the umbrella organizations of Dakota County's Emergency Medical Services and Take Heart Minnesota. Most communities in Dakota County now have a Heart Restart program, or something similar to it, where Anytime CPR is taught.
The program continues to grow, too. Recently, Anderson said, Take Heart Minnesota donated 80 training kits to Farmington High School, so the entire sophomore class can learn the basic life-saving techniques.
"It's good to know each 10th grader will have training," Anderson said. "It's nice that it's implemented in our schools now."
The overall goal, he said, is to have 10 percent of the county's population trained by 2011.
The second part of the Heart Restart program is to provide automatic external defibrillators training and placement in locations throughout the community.
But buying the Anytime CPR kits or the AEDs takes money. The Anytime CPR training kits run about $35 each, but the AEDs cost a little more - about $1,500 each. Anderson has set up an "Angel Fund" through Farmington's Heart Restart page, www.farmingtonheartrestart.org.
Monthly training sessions are also held the first Wednesday of each month. The next one will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Community Room of Roundbank.