Guild Learns CPR, Signs of a Stroke

As the Bee Gees song "Staying Alive," played in the background, more than 20 NorthBay Guild members learned how to perform CPR during a special training session held for them on Feb. 15 at the VacaValley Wellness Center. Keeping pace to the song while performing the life-saving procedure allows a person to deliver 100 beats per minute for a person whose heart has stopped beating.

The group also learned how to recognize the signs of stroke, which Eric Davis, emergency room tech, gives one-on-one instruction to Guild volunteer Lewis McCreaven.affects 795,000 people each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Beth Gladney, NorthBay Stroke Program manager, taught the group F.A.S.T., an acronym for the signs of stroke (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Slurred speech and Time to call 911), by playing a music video in which the words of the Village People's "YMCA" were changed to "FAST."

The training was organized for the group by Beth and Laura McGuire, cardiovascular patient care manager, at the request of Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services, and timed to coincide with Heart Health Month.

Lacy DeQuattro, simulation lab program coordinator, gives one-on-one instruction to Guild volunteer Marcia Nutter.Once Beth and Laura reviewed the signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack, Eric Davis, emergency room tech, instructed Guild members on proper technique for CPR. Then it was time for hands-on experience as Laura, Eric, and Lacy DeQuattro, simulation lab program coordinator, helped each Guild member practice on resuscitation dummies.