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Local Employers Refresh with Hands-On First Aid Workshop

The Orrville Area Safety Council (OASC) held an interactive hands-on first aid workshop for local employees to refresh and practice skills during their meeting at The University of Akron Wayne College on October 12th.

Four interactive stations were incorporated into the program, all featuring injuries or emergency response issues that could be encountered in the workplace.

Janeen Bradford, Registered Nurse Education Coordinator, Aultman Orrville Hospital, demonstrated stroke signs and symptoms. Attendees were educated on the F.A.S.T test when determining if a co-worker could possibly be having a stroke.

Aleah Neuenschwander, Wellness Specialist, Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness, educated on orthopedic injury. Participants split up and practiced supporting an arm or leg injury with common workplace items such as a magazine and a shoestring to stabilize the limb during the wait before emergency medical help arrived.

Kristen Gallagher and Elizabeth Cante, American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region, reminded participants that when someone experiences cardiac arrest, any help is good help. Performing hands only CPR is an effective way to keep oxygen moving through the blood stream of the victim until professional help arrives. The attendees were able to practice the simple technique of chest compressions on foam ambulances with instruction.

The most popular station among the OASC attendees was emergency fire response presented by Orrville Fire Department and Wayne County Regional Training Facility. Attendees had the opportunity to practice activating a fire alarm by pulling the lever that would likely be in their workplace and then attempt to put out the fire stimulated on a screen using a fire extinguisher prop. Many volunteers had never pulled the pin on a fire extinguisher or used one before.