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Employees Receive Live-Saving Training

Employees Receive Live-Saving Training

CPR Training

  Tracy Jensen, Clinical Nurse Educator

Tracy Jensen is a CPR Instructor and Clinical Nurse Educator for Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge. This week, CPR training was available to all HAMH employees.


“I’ve been a CPR instructor for almost 16 years and it’s one of my favorite certification classes to teach because CPR is the basic foundation of advanced life support courses. CPR keeps blood and oxygen flowing and increases the chances of survival in those who suffer a cardiac arrest. When properly and promptly performed, CPR can dramatically improve a person’s chance of survival,” explains Jensen.


While hours of annual training is required for all employees, this was a voluntary training open to all; Food Services employees to Human Resources or Marketing were invited to get trained. While CPR training for non-clinical employees is unusual, it’s also personal–particularly for Jensen.


A non-clinical employee learns the proper placement of hands, rhythm, and speed of compressions on an adult during CPR training.


“My dad recently suffered cardiac arrest at our hospital in June. Staff performed CPR with advanced measures for 45 minutes. Despite their best efforts, he couldn’t be saved. Not everyone can be. But it made me wonder, if more people knew and learned CPR and could get it started soon, how many success stories might we have?”


Twenty-one employees attended the voluntary training, 19 of those were non-clinical staff members. That’s 19 more community members enjoying dinner at Angler’s next to you, or swimming near you at Hayward Lake, that are prepared and ready to perform CPR if needed. Improving the health and wellbeing of the people of our greater Hayward Lakes region is the mission of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, and this is another example of us doing just that.


Trainees watch as Jensen explains the CPR methods used on an infant.


Performing CPR can be daunting, but employees new to CPR learned there’s basically 2 steps… call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Delaying CPR reduces the chance of survival.


Are you interested in learning CPR? Anyone can learn how to do bystander or hands-only CPR, in the comfort of their own home in fact! Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr for instructions.

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