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Enloe, Butte County EMS teach CPR, first aid
at Chico High School

Grant by Health Workforce Initiative provides
funding for project

CHICO, Calif., April 10, 2013 – Enloe Medical Center’s Education Center and Butte County EMS have teamed up for the second time in six months to provide a CPR, first aid and Automatic External Defibrillator training to Chico High School students. Training began April 3-5 and will continue April 10-11. All 238 students will receive the five-day American Heart Association’s “Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED – Classroom” course as part of their required health class.

Staff members from the Enloe Education Center and paramedics and EMTs from Butte County EMS – all certified Basic Life Support instructors – teach the course, due to generous grant funding provided by the Health Workforce initiative. The organizations are providing the services for free, and each student who completes the course will receive a free course completion card. The cards are often needed to meet job requirements.

“Learning a skill saves a life,” said Mary Latimer, Director of Enloe’s Education Center. “We want students to be able to help if something happens at school or home,” she said, noting that 80 percent of incidences of sudden cardiac arrest – where the heart stops beating – take place at home.

During the first week of the training, students learned CPR and the use of Automatic External Defibrillator (AEDs), portable electric devices that automatically diagnoses and treats potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. The school and other public locations such as malls, have AEDs on site.

During the second week, students will learn first aid basics. During this lesson, the students will learn how to assess a victim who might need first aid, how to control bleeding, practice splinting one another, using EpiPen training tools, which teach the proper administration of medication for people with a serious allergy. The course also teaches an understanding of medical, injury and environmental emergencies.

“As Chico High principal, I would like to thank Enloe Medical Center and Butte County EMS for generously offering this important life skill to our students,” said Jim Halon.“There is no doubt that this training will save many lives.”

The training that took place in October and November was also free of charge for the 246 students who participated, however, if they wished to obtain the American Heart Association CPR and First Aid card needed to purchase it – a $10 charge.

About the North Far North Health Workforce Initiative: The North Far North Health Workforce Initiative, hosted by Butte College, is funded by the California Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Program to promote the advancement of California’s health care workforce through quality education and services. The Health Workforce Initiative fosters communication and collaboration between the health care industry and the education systemizes centers are strategically located across the state. For more information, visit www.ca-hwi.org.

About Butte County EMS: Butte County EMS, a joint venture between Enloe Emergency Services and First Responder EMS, provides local ambulance service.

Media Contact:

Christina Chavira, Communications Specialist
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell
christina.chavira@enloe.org

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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