CPR training

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
"Twenty nine, 30, breathe," counts Senior Airman Shandresha Mitchell, 6th Air Mobility Wing photojournalist, as she performs compressions during a cardio pulmonary resuscitation training at MacDill Air Force Base, July 23.

The CPR training consisted of two parts; a video explaining adult, child and infant CPR, abdominal thrusts, and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator with hands on interaction, followed by individual testing. Instructors evaluated performance of adult, children, and infant scenarios. Trainees had to execute verbal commands,
compressions, and breathing techniques on an integrated-training manikin to demonstrate their understanding of the course material.

Mitchell received her CPR certification, a mandatory step required for becoming a physical training leader.

"CPR training is important when it comes to being a PTL, because people may push themselves harder than their body is accustomed to causing cardiac arrest or improper breathing. CPR prepares me for these types of incidents," explained Mitchell.

PTLs are required to have at least an 85 percent on their physical training test, obtain certification in CPR, and attend a PTL course. CPR certification needs to be renewed every two years to continue being a PTL.

"It is important for PTLs to have CPR training because they conduct assessments and if someone falls out, the PTL is responsible for providing aid until the paramedics arrive," said Tech. Sgt. Dawan Woods, 6th Air Mobility Wing unit fitness program manager.
The lifesaving skills Mitchell provides her fellow wingmen can also serve her community and family.

"Being in a family with ages ranging from 10 months to 75 years, it allows me to step in when an emergency situation presents itself," said Mitchell. "I think all military should learn CPR because in the local area there are a lot of retirees and small dependents that can suffer from heat exhaustion."

CPR training is available for active duty, reserve, and Department of Defense civilians conducted every Tuesday; with an additional PTL targeted class the last Thursday every month at the 6th Medical Group. For more information contact the 6th MDG education office at 828-5222.