Place ear to mouth. Push in chest. Tilt head back and blow. Knowing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can save a life and make someone a hero.
That is why in honor of CPR month, The University of Tampa’s Emergency Medical Association is offering CPR training throughout the month of April.
‘CPR Awareness month is actually in June, but because most students aren’t here during the summer we wanted to make it in April to spread awareness,’ said John Brovelli.
UT Juniors Scott Kaplan and Brovelli will head the CPR courses.
Though the courses are open to anyone, they want to encourage nursing and exercise science majors as well as babysitters to take the course.
‘Being CPR certified looks great for a lot of jobs,’ said Kaplan.
Kaplan is passionate about educating people on the importance of CPR because he lost a close neighbor, Dr. Michael Robert Lobel, to a heart attack at the young age of 52.
‘I was devastated when I found out and always regretted that I could not fly up for the funeral,’ Kaplan said.
The Adult Infant and Automated External Defibrillator (AED’s) CPR course will be held April 4 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and April 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall A, across from the Sykes building.
This course teaches CPR on adults and also how to use a defibrillator when someone is in severe cardiac arrest.
Thirteen AED’s are available throughout campus. This certification will be available for $30.
‘We want to make more people on campus aware of these machines and help people learn to use them,’ said Brovelli.
The Healthcare Provider CPR course will be held April 4 and 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the same room.
This course teaches how to care for an infant who is choking or unconscious.
This certification will be available for $35.
The courses will be available every weekend of April except Easter weekend.
Anyone interested in these services can also join UT’s Emergency Medical Service.