Responders practice High Density CPR

Stephen Floyd

A team of emergency responders from Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20, serving Vader and Ryderwood, practice High Density CPR on a specialized electronic dummy June 25 during a training event also involving responders from Winlock, Toledo and Napavine. The dummy, acquired by Lewis County Fire District 15, of Winlock, through a state grant, can electronically assess a responder’s CPR technique and provide information such as the rate, depth and quality of chest compressions, as well as proper placement of the hands. (Photo submitted by Lewis County Fire District 15.)

Firefighters from Toledo, Winlock, Napavine, Vader and Ryderwood attended a special High Density CPR training course June 25, instructed by paramedics from American Medical Response (AMR).

Fire districts around the area have undertaken more intensive steps to improve the quality of their CPR services, as the technique has seen instances nation-wide of improved survival rates for cardiac patients.

“One of the key elements of CPR technique is the focus on the delivery of chest compressions,” stated District 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson, “specifically assuring that providers are allowing full recoil of the chest with each compression to allow oxygenated blood to adequately supply the heart muscle tissue.”

A CPR training manikin, recently purchased by Fire District 15 via a grant from the Washington State West Region EMS & Trauma Care Council, was able to electronically record and report on the proficiency of a rescuer’s CPR technique, specifically the rate, depth and quality of chest compressions, as well as proper placement of the hands.

In addition to specific technique, rescuers practiced team coordination, with each member focusing on a specific resuscitation team task. Members providing chest compressions rotated at two-minute intervals, while others operated an automated external defibrillator.

“Studies are consistently showing that the most critical piece of the resuscitation effort for a person experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the rapid intervention of high quality CPR,” said Anderson, adding area districts are hoping to place a high emphasis on the importance of members of the community being able to recognize the need for CPR and have the ability to intervene with high quality CPR.

For more information on CPR training, please contact Lewis County Fire District 15 at (360) 785-4221.