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The Pennington First Aid Squad EMT Class took to baking sweets last Saturday, coincidentally Valentine’s Day. The 18-member class brought in cakes, cookies, chocolates and brownies to complement the day’s clinical topic: Cardiology.
This cake, baked by student Sandy Hill from Montgomery FAS, was a clinical-culinary hit, illustrating the heart's coronary arteries and veins. It was a genuine "learning experience" as students munched and reflected on the presence of cherry and chocolate chip fillings in the heart-cake: "Thrombi & emboli?" one student guessed.
Back Row (left to right):Thomas Tedd (Vice President), Neal Blackwell (Trustee), Jack Ferrara (Captain), Doug Kabay (Trustee), Jon Guerard (Trustee), Kirk Schmitt (Second Assistant Captain)
Front Row seated (left to right): Joan Schwarzwalder (Corresponding Secretary), Daniel Boone (President), June Guerard (Recording Secretary), John Muccioli (First Assistant Captain)
Not in group photo: Naomi McCarty (Treasurer)
The winter EMT class has begun. Registrations are no longer allowed.
A winter EMT course has been scheduled to begin in January.
The Pennington First Aid recently received a state-of-the-art Lucas 2, CPR device, generously donated by Dr. Kirk and Mrs. Bonnie Schmitt, both longtime members of the squad. This mechanical device provides continuous chest compressions to a victim of cardiac arrest.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a physically and intellectually demanding activity requiring many first responders. Successful CPR depends on several simultaneous actions begun as soon as possible after the victim’s heart stops beating: Chest compressions, breathing assistance, automatic defibrillation and transport to the hospital. The Lucas 2 performs the mechanical chest compressions while the crew simultaneously provides oxygen and defibrillation. The device does not tire and can operate in confined spaces where manual CPR is awkward and potentially ineffective. It can also continue to give compressions when the patient is being moved for transport.
The Lucas 2 has a suction cup that rests on the victim’s chest and compresses at the appropriate rate, rhythm and depth to allow the heart to fill with blood between compressions. The machine pushes “hard and fast” for effective CPR compressions giving the victim the best chance of survival.
Throughout the years, a number of CPR saves have resulted from the combined efforts of first aid squads and local police. Their rate of success will no doubt improve with the addition of this mechanical device.