Faith Community Health Team - How to Save a Life

CONTACT: Lauren VanOsdol 405.517.2713
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a basic skill that EVERYONE should know. No matter your age, take the time to learn these skills…someone’s life may depend on it! Almost 16 million people are trained for CPR globally each year. However, 70% of Americans that have previously been trained either feel helpless during a cardiac emergency or their training has significantly lapsed. This is an alarming statistic considering 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home. For children, drowning is the second leading cause of death with 350 children under of age of 5 drowning each year in swimming pools. How can you learn to save a life??

1.) Enroll in the American Heart Association’s CPR class. There are two courses: one for beginners and one for renewals. For those who are not medical professionals, these are “Hand’s On” classes and only cover basic CPR. Go to to find a class near you or contact Donna Clark for info on her classes taught here at church

2.) Come to our “CPR event” on Sunday, May 19, from 9am-12:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Donna Clark, RN and Lauren VanOsdol, RN, BSN will be hosting a 10-15-minute presentation throughout the morning to educate you on basic CPR and water safety. We will have skills stations set up to practice on adult, children, and infant dummies as well as an AED. Adults and children are welcome and encouraged to attend! All kids that attend our CPR event will receive a free swimming lesson from Edmond’s Goldfish Swim School.

3.) Just a little about basic CPR:
-  Assess the victim, if unresponsive move to the next step. If the victim was found in water, provide rescue first if safely possible.
-  Unless you are a medical professional, DO NOT CHECK A PULSE! If you see someone that needs medical attention, immediately call 911
-  Once emergency services are en route, start CPR. Remember the rule “PUSH HARD, PUSH FAST.”
-  If you have an AED available, apply it to the patient as soon as possible. FCC has an AED located on the wall between the male and female restrooms across from the workroom.