Today, we’re taking a closer look at training the public to know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and effectively use a automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore proper heart rhythm. These two life-saving tasks can be performed by bystanders, before an Emergency Medical Technician arrives, increasing the chances for survival. In fact, bystanders trained in these skills have been a critical factor in helping Seattle and King County achieve high survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest.
Laura Miccile manages the EMS Division’s CPR/PAD (public access to defibrillation) program. Her work includes partnering with schools throughout King County to train 6-12 graders, and their teachers, how to perform CPR and use an AED. She also oversees placement and registration of AEDs in the community. Laura is a new addition to Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Emergency Medical Division, and comes from the private sector, where she worked in hospitals managing childhood injury prevention programs.
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