Monday, January 30, 2017

CPR Class Just For Pickleball Players!

In January 2014 Art Meyers was playing pickleball on one of our courts when he suddenly collapsed.  He and his wife Linda had just taken one of the CPR classes offered at Voyager a few days before. Because she had learned how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest  Linda  began CPR while a trained bystander ran for the nearby AED (automatic defibrillator). A single shock from the AED restored Art's heart to a regular rhythm and he is very much alive and well today.

This is the second time that a pickleball player has gone into cardiac arrest while playing here, and fortunately both victims were saved because trained bystanders administered aid. Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere and at any time and after approximately three to five minutes irreversible brain/tissue damage may begin to occur. By learning how to determine if someone is in cardiac arrest and then quickly and methodically going through the steps required to provide an adequate blood supply to that person's heart you just might save a life. 

Plan to attend a special "Pickleball Players Only" class on Monday, February 20 at 6:00 PM in the Catalina Room. This free, one hour, hands on class is taught by specially trained medical students from the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center. You will learn how to perform the "new" CPR in which you don't check for a pulse nor do you do mouth to mouth breaths, and you will also learn how to use an AED. Sign up on the pickleball bulletin board. If you wish to make a donation to the Sarver Heart Center's Community Outreach Program there will be a donation jar at the registration table when you walk in.