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MCCC Health and Safety Committee Hosts Training for Cardiac Emergencies

3/1/18


Ready for training! Mat Giachetti addresses the group.


Using CPR Anytime Kits, participants practice chest compressions.

Attemping to clear the airway in the event of choking.

Blood pressure screenings were conducted by MCCC Nursing students.

West Windsor, N.J. – When someone has a heart attack, the most important person in the chain of survival may well be their loved one, neighbor or friend. On Feb. 25, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) took its observance of Heart Health Month to a new level, as the college’s Health and Safety Committee hosted a CPR training session for approximately 30 participants in the West Windsor Campus Gym.

The goal was to prepare them for a health emergency that could impact their loved ones at any time. All families in attendance received a free Family and Friends CPR Anytime Kit provided by the American Heart Association.

According to Mathew T. Giachetti, of LifeForceUSA, Inc., who presented the two-hour, hands-on session, the training is an “anywhere, anytime” approach and is all about saving lives. “We want to provide as many people as possible with the tools to help someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest [stoppage of the heart] – whether it be a family member, a co-worker, or even a complete stranger whom they may be in a position to save,” he said.

Using inflatable mini-mannequins, the participants learned how to administer both adult and pediatric CPR, as well as abdominal thrusts (formerly known as the Heimlich maneuver) in the event of choking.

As president of LifeForceUSA, Giachetti oversees a company that serves as a multi-region community training center for the American Heart Association. An adjunct instructor at MCCC since 1991, he said he was happy to volunteer his time along with his daughter, who is an instructor-in-training. “I am committed to programs like this and will always be available to help out at Mercer,” he said.

Giachetti expressed his gratitude to the American Heart Association, which came through in a big way with the donation of free CPR Anytime Kits for every participant. “We used these during the training and gave them to the attendees to take home to continue training and practicing,” he explained.

Nursing students were also on the front lines, as they volunteered their time to do blood pressure screenings for participants.

Director of Nursing Education Elizabeth Mizerek, who coordinated the event along with Roseann Cooper, of MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies, was very pleased with the outcome of the event.  “We really appreciate everyone who came out to learn CPR that night. People were so engaged, asking great questions and practicing their new skills,” she said, adding that she hopes to offer another session in the coming year.

“We are very grateful to Mat for providing us with such a worthwhile program. It speaks to the core of what nursing is all about – caring for the health and well-being of our community,” Mizerek said.

Added Jill Marcus, MCCC Coordinator for MercerOnline, one of the attendees, "The program was excellent. Mat was funny and informative. The two hours flew by and I l learned a lot."


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