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EMS education classes offered at Tri-County Health Care

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Tri-County Hospital's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department offer a variety of classes throughout April, May and June. Classes offered this spring are:

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Heartsaver CPR and First Aid (community class)

• Wednesday, April 27, from 6-10 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 25, from 6-10 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 22, from 6-10 p.m.

Healthcare Provider CPR

• Wednesday, April 20, from 8 a.m. - noon

• Wednesday, May 25, from 1-5 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 15, from 8 a.m. - noon

Heartsaver CPR & First Aid is for those who need or are interested in learning or becoming certified in CPR, First Aid or both. With the knowledge and skills learned in each class you can save a life! Skills taught are especially valuable for those in daycare or babysitting, firefighting, police, airline personnel, security guards and those with family members at high risk for sudden cardiac emergencies. CPR class teaches how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking. First Aid teaches skills to effectively recognize and treat emergencies within the first critical moments until EMS personnel arrive. Skills are taught for victims of all ages. Completion of either course provides a two-year certification through the American Heart Association. Cost is $50 for CPR and $25 for First Aid.

Health Care Provider CPR classes are for health care providers needing certification. Skills are taught for victims of all ages. Upon completion of the four-hour course, you will be certified for two years through the American Heart Association. Cost is $50.

As class sizes are limited, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for a class, call Tracy Hendrickx at (218) 632-8734.

EMT and First Responder Education Classes offered

Tri-County Hospital's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department will offer EMT and First Responder education classes this spring. Classes will be held:

EMT Basic

• June 6 - August 1, every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Responder

• May 31 - June 22, every Tuesday and Friday from 6-10 p.m.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course is the entry level course to the Emergency Medical Service and the backbone of EMS in Minnesota. It includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a Basic Life Support (BLS) level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

EMT-Basics undergo 140 hours of instruction including classroom, practical and emergency room education. The training includes anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, communications, airway management, patient assessment and cardiac arrest management.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry test and certify as an EMT-Basic in the State of Minnesota. The EMT-Basic must complete 24 (State) and 48 (National) hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their certification. Cost: $700, plus materials.

First Responders are taught the basics of emergency care and are able to treat life threatening problems prior to the arrival of the ambulance. Their skills include operating a cardiac defibrillator, inserting simple airways and using an epinephrine auto injector. Bleeding control, CPR, cervical spinal immobilization, taking vital signs, and oxygen administration are also part of this course. A First Responder is only able to treat patients at the scene or may assist with a licensed member of an ambulance crew.

After completion of the 40-plus hour course, the First Responder will be certified to practice in the State of Minnesota. The First Responder must complete a 16-hour refresher course every two years to retain their certification. Cost $250, plus cost of materials.

As class sizes are limited, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for a class, call Tracy Hendrickx at (218) 632-8734.

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