Paramus Sunrise Rotary Learns CPR
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 08:40 AM EDT
In line with Rotary District 7490 District Governor Lenny Agrusti's request to have every club learn CPR, Paramus Sunrise Rotary enlisted the aid of Paramus Emergency Medical Services Chief Robert E. Scheper. He came complete with a PowerPoint presentation and a dummy doll upon which the members could learn the newest CPR attempts. While the tempo has changed over time, this erudite EMT specialist explained that it was better to do something to revive a person on need of CPR than to do nothing.
Bob explained that under NJ law, as long as one acted at the level to which they were accustomed to, there would be no fear of litigation. That means that someone like Scheper, who could teach certain of the many levels of CPR but is only recognized for certain qualifications, could not be sued as long as he did not violate those precepts. If he tried to do a tracheotomy for which he is not qualified, he would be stepping out of his recognized level and could be held responsible.
It appears that mouth to mouth resuscitation has gone the way of the Model T car. Compression is achieved by placing the cuff of the hand between the nipples, clasping the other hand over it and with stiff arms, apply pressure. when asked about broken ribs, Bob responded that if you were successful in applying the CPR, at least the victim would be alive to thank you.
Although it looked fairly simple when EMT Specialist Bob Scheper applied pressure, several members tried to duplicate his maneuvers. They found that getting the model to click on the downward pressure was not as easy as it seemed. However, repeating Bob's advice: anything is better than nothing!