USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) held cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, July 27.
CPR training is held every two weeks, and Sailors are encouraged to become qualified.
"I believe that Sailors should be CPR qualified," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Clayton Duke, who runs Vicksburg's CPR training program. "Whether you are in the field, on a ship or on shore, you may need to resuscitate someone. Medical personnel may not always be the first ones on the scene."
During the training Sailors are taught basic patient evaluation, and how to recognize respiratory and cardiac arrest. To earn their qualification they must demonstrate what they learned.
"I've been CPR qualified before, but it's important to keep your qualifications current," said Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Joshua Doane. "The training was very helpful. The focus was on what we could encounter in the Navy and made sure to involve everyone in the class."
Training keeps Sailors safe. CPR is an important qualifications for a Sailor to have.
"Just like all Sailors need to be able to fight fires, we also expect them to know medical basics like CPR," said Cmdr. Carl Brobst, Vicksburg's executive officer. "We train Sailors to be first responders because loss of human life is not something I'm willing to gamble with. I expect to come back with the exact number of Sailors I left with every time I go on deployment, and I can do that because of training like this."
Vicksburg is on her final deployment and is currently operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.
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