In a Heartbeat

One Beat CPR is based in Davie, Fla.

One Beat CPR is based in Davie, Fla.

When Lon Rosen began describing his plight with One Beat CPR, he started to cry. Through tears, Rosen, a brute firefighter with gentle giant qualities, described how it makes him emotional every time he tells this story, his story, his daughter’s story.

In 1999 Rosen founded One Beat CPR, a CPR training facility meant to give the lay person basic understanding on how to a save a life. But it wasn’t until about five years ago that the cause became personal. His youngest daughter, Mia, was born with a heart condition. His baby girl’s aorta (the largest artery in the body) was so narrow that it was difficult for blood to flow. A day before she was scheduled to undergo surgery to widen the path of the blood, his daughter, still a baby, had a cardiac arrest.

As Rosen speaks about this yesterday, during a CPR training class, he says there’s never an instance when he can tell this tale without feeling the pain. He cries each time he tells his daughter’s story, he says. But he tells it for everyone to better understand the importance of life-saving techniques that everyone can learn to save a life. His daughter survived, and Rosen wants us to know that we can help  her and others who may suffer from cardiac arrest.

Some crazy stats:

  • nearly 325,000 people in the U.S. die each year from sudden cardiac arrest
  • an estimated 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help
  • it takes about 4-6 minutes (in a perfect scenario) for firefighters/paramedics to arrive on scene once 9-1-1 is dialed
  • effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander (from American Heart Association)

For me, it was a simple decision to take a One Beat CPR class. As someone who is married to a person who is certified in advanced life support and who is faced every day with the possibility of needing to use it, I understand there are real-life situations in which life-saving techniques need to be applied.

Beside watching T.V. shows and movies where actors used CPR on victims, I really had no experience with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. My husband has given me impromptu, unofficial CPR training (“Remember the pace for chest compressions is to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’ by The Bee Gees,” he said.). I watched physician-turned-actor Ken Jeong (the pride of Asian Americans… sorry, Lucy Liu) and his humorous American Heart Association video about CPR.

About One Beat CPR training:

  • Instructors are primarily firefighter, paramedics, police officers.
  • As Rosen puts it, the instructors have real-life, clinical experiences, which can “change the respect of things when you put your hands on someone.”

But taking this CPR course at One Beat CPR was eye-opening, if not necessary. My class was administered by instructor Brian Schnell, a Dade County sergeant with 15 years of service.

Left: Instructor Brian Schnell demonstrates where to put your hands when giving CPR.; Right: Schnell holds a defibrillator, in this case it is an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Left: Instructor Brian Schnell demonstrates where to put your hands when giving CPR.; Right: Schnell holds a defibrillator, in this case it is an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The class gave instructions on CPR, AED and Heimlich maneuver on adults, children and infants. And yes, apparently the “Staying Alive” beat and pace that my husband mentioned was confirmed at this class.

Did you know?

  • Untrained bystanders are only expected to do chest compressions (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is not required)
  • If you do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it is highly advised to use a proper mouth cover
An AED is designed for use by lay people and gives automated instructions on how to administer the machine.

An AED is designed for use by lay people and gives automated instructions on how to administer the machine.

How One Beat CPR training classes work:

  • Flat fee cost is $40 for up to 3 classes. Additional classes are $5 each (except for ACLS and PALS, which are $100 each).
  • Classes include: CPR/AED, CPR for Healthcare Providers/Basic Life Support, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, Emergency Oxygen and Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Contact: 954.321.5305

Do I ever want to be in a situation where I’d need to perform CPR? No. But I’m sure glad I know the basics of what to do just in case it happens.

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