Brenau encouraged to “A.C.T. Now” at Sept. 10 CPR Class

The School of Nursing is partnering with the North Georgia Heart Foundation and the Brenau Association of Nursing Students to offer “A.C.T. Now,” a lifesaving bystander CPR class for faculty, staff and students at the Gainesville historic campus.

The training event will be held  Thursday, Sept. 10, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the SUB, 220 Sorority Circle, and will take approximately 10-to-15 minutes per person.

Dr. George Ordway, board chair of the North Georgia Heart Foundation and a frequent Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute collaborator, will be on hand to demonstrate how the chest compression-only method works.

Each year, he said upwards of 385,000 people experience cardiac arrest. With emergency personnel taking an average of eight minutes to arrive on the scene, he said early bystander response often spells the difference between life and death.

“If CPR isn’t done within the first few minutes, the chances of the person surviving drops dramatically,” he said. “With this form of CPR, it’s very straight forward and easy to use … as soon as it can be initiated, a person’s chances of survival can go up tremendously.”

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