A recent class by Trident Health System, Berkeley County EMS and the Moncks Corner Fire Department may help future Moncks Corner Parks and Recreation sporting events become safer.
The CPR and Basic Life Saving (BLS) class, required for all volunteer coaches participating in Moncks Corner Parks and Recreation sports in 2014, was taught by Moncks Corner Town Council Member and Trident Health Care RN Laura Perdue, Chris Esdorn from Berkeley County EMS, RN Jennifer Schlette, and the Moncks Corner Fire Department’s Robert Gass and Robert LeMasters.
The class taught volunteer MCPR coaches how to provide life saving measures and early activation of 911 procedures. The session is required for all volunteer coaches before the start of the 2014 sports season.
Perdue said the class came about because of the increased number of people both young and elderly that are at sporting events and have medical emergencies.
“We are trying to get early activation so the people get the life saving care they need faster,” Perdue said. “With all coaches and assistant coaches trained in CPR they can impact the survival of our citizens in our community.”
The memory of Music Man Barbecue owner Gene Cribb’s potentially life threatening heart attack during the Berkeley – Stratford football game on Aug. 28, 2010 serves as a reminder of what can happen at sporting events and how the presence of immediate CPR and 911 care saved Cribb’s life.
“With early activation, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advance life saving treatment, the chances of survival in the event of a medical emergency dramatically increases,” Perdue said.
At the time of Cribb’s heart attack, with no AED on site his chance of survival stood at just 4 percent utilizing manual CPR procedures.
Cribb called the seven healthcare professionals seated near him at the time of his incident his “special angels.”
Now, all Park and Reck coaches will be able to answer the call in the event of a medical emergency until professional help arrives on the scene.
“The face of sporting event spectators range from little babies up to grandparents and great-grandparents watching their grandchildren play,” Perdue said. “Trident Health recognized the need for community partnerships to better serve our citizens in the community we serve.”
Chris Esdorn with Berkeley County EMS helped teach the class, and said he was impressed by the turnout.
“The class was very large and everyone was eager to learn,” he said. “It is great to know that we now have more informed citizens who took the class and are better prepared to handle any type of emergency requiring CPR.”
Working closely with the public in situations such as this CPR class is a job perk Esdorn relishes: “This is the part of my job that I like best, educating people how to save lives.”
Perdue praised the efforts of Moncks Corner Park and Recreation Director Ralph Jones, who worked closely with the participating healthcare agencies to help make this class come to fruition.“We anticipate over 100 volunteer coaches will be certified in BLS (Basic Life Saving),” Jones said.