Bob Trenkamp is known to many of us; he has spoken to the Skidaway Island Rotary Club in past years.  He joined us for breakfast last Wednesday and told us of the latest in CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.)  Bob is co-founder of the organization called SLICC, Saving Lives in Chatham County.  This organization has trained 10,000 persons in CPR, and will “train anybody willing to sit still for an hour or two.”  The activities of this organization are overseen by a Medical Advisory Board – five local physicians with specialties in cardiology, emergency medicine and neurosurgery.
SLICC conducts research; it has, for example, established the capability of persons whose demographics resemble those of cardiac arrest victims to perform CPR effectively. Bob continued his presentation with explanations about CPR and the latest recommendation for performing this procedure in a manner more likely to help a victim to survive with heart and brain function intact. Bob was telling us “What most people don’t know about CPR.”

The basic purpose of CPR is to enable a person who is suffering a ‘heart attack’ and not able to breathe on his or her own, to breathe so that oxygen reaches the heart and brain so that these organs continue to function. Signs that CPR is needed are the absence of breathing or the presence of ‘gasping,’ which is not breathing. CPR must also be started ASAP and must continue until help arrives. Bob told us that research shows that five out of six people cannot perform CPR for ten minutes or more on a manikin whose chest is not as stiff as that of a human being; that is, they do not have the strength or stamina (or both) to perform CPR satisfactorily. Also, of course, learning CPR does not help you, it may help someone else. If you live alone, have an AED, a device that, at the press of a button, calls for help; and carry it with you when you go out or travel.

Bob went on to tell us what we need to know and do. First, we need to recognize an attack (an arrest.) In the 31411 zip code, call 355-6688 for the first responders. They will be there quicker than if you call 911. The person in trouble must be gotten out of bed or chair on to the floor, on his/her back, head tilted back to keep the airway open. Proceed with CPR until help arrives……..but that’s easier said than done. Bob told us the best way to perform the required compressions is not with the hands but with the heel of your foot. That method provides a stronger compression and can be sustained longer by the person delivering the compression than using the hands. The heel must be placed on the chest, pressed down for two inches, 100 times per minute..

Bob said that SLICC will train groups at no cost. Put together 8 people (or more) and he and his associates will teach: CPR, AED, Choke, and Stroke remedial actions. Such classes can be held at the Fitness Center or any other suitable assembly venue.
Pictured below is Kathy Anderson and Bob Trenkamp