USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- From jet aircraft touching down on USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) flight deck to the sometimes slippery ladder wells, it is important for crew members to know how to respond to an emergency situation.
One of the most valuable lifesaving procedures a Sailor can learn is how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a person who has stopped breathing.
To assist Sailors in mastering this critical lifesaving skill, Truman's CPR Coordinator Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Marie Turner teaches CPR classes.
Turner and more than a dozen qualified CPR instructors are in charge of keeping the crew trained and qualified in CPR. Turner said CPR is a critical skill to have during an emergency situation, and although it will not necessarily resuscitate someone, it will keep him or her alive long enough to get the medical attention he or she needs.
"It is the primary step to saving someone's life," Turner said. "It gives you the longevity to live before they get you to the hospital. It's the first step in emergency medicine."
Truman's CPR program is sponsored by the American Heart Association, who provides Truman's CPR instructors with the materials they need to teach the class. One of the more unique items that Turner and her team use to teach is a plastic dummy on which students can actively practice the physical steps necessary to perform CPR.
Turner said she enjoys teaching the class because it gives her a chance to interact with a wide assortment of her shipmates, both when they arrive for indoctrination and when they re-qualify in CPR training.
"It's a personal connection between me and other people because it's something that I desire and love to do as a corpsman," Turner said. "It's a privilege to be able to teach resuscitative medicine and be able to help people when they are sick and injured."
Helping people when they are sick or injured is the primary goal of Truman's medical department. But with skills in CPR, any Truman Sailor can assist a fallen shipmate and possibly save a life.
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