NMTS Program, October 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm,
Location: Trek Superstore, 5000 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Cindy Sommers article printed in the June, 2016 Freewheel.
As cyclists, we often concentrate on trying to ride safely and avoid accidents. We forget the medical emergencies that can occur on any given ride. Yesterday [May 28,2016], a Club member suffered a massive heart attack on one of our Club rides. If not for the quick intervention of bystanders who were trained in CPR, Will DeMay would not be alive today. They kept him alive until the ambulance arrived. Watching a friend and fellow Club member be saved by individuals who knew what to do, was a wake-up call for me. I intend to attend CPR and first aid training, ASAP. I hope other Club members will consider taking this step too.

We have several emergency medical training resources available in Albuquerque. I will mention two. For those interested in becoming certified in first aid and CPR, our local Red Cross is a good, low-cost option. Information is available on their website. A second option is Project Heart Start (PHS). The simple 40 minute PHS training could be presented to interested NMTS members at little to no cost. Or individual Club members can attend free, public training sessions. The PHS program has two components. The first is a 12 minute video that demonstrates how to perform compression-only CPR and demonstrates the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The Heimlich Maneuver is taught along with what to do if you or someone you're with is having a heart attack. The second component is a 15-30 minute hands-on session with a mannequin to learn how to actually perform the chest compressions. Additional information about PHS is contained on the NM Heart Institute's website.

Again, this was a wake-up call for me. I do not want to stand there and helplessly watch another Club member die. I want to at least have some basic knowledge about how to react in case of a medical emergency. If you feel the same way, I hope you will also consider this training.