As part of American Heart Month, staff members from Lee’s Summit Medical Center and the Lee’s Summit Fire Department provided hands-only CPR training for students, dance teams, cheerleaders and faculty Tuesday during halftime of a boys’ basketball game at Lee’s Summit North.
The lifesaving technique, which uses only chest compressions to pump blood through the body in the event of a cardiac event, ideally is performed to the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”
Hands-only CPR is performed by pressing in the center of someone’s chest hard and fast to the beat of the song, which approximates the optimal CPR rhythm of 100 chest compressions per minute.
The American Heart Association and American Red Cross, among other organizations, advocate hands-only CPR over the old mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“CPR has changed,” Lee’s Summit Medical Center CEO Matt Sogard said in a release. “This is a powerful community partnership, to be able to engage people in a life-saving exercise, but also in a fun, memorable way.”
North Principal Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer agreed.
“This is a great opportunity to teach the basics of the updated CPR technique to a large audience,” he said in a statement. “Students get the opportunity to be trained to be possible lifesavers. I’m excited about this event coming to our school and grateful we can partner with Lee’s Summit Medical Center and the Lee’s Summit Fire Department.”
Dan Manley, assistant fire chief in charge of training for the Lee’s Summit Fire Department, said he’s seen or heard of numerous lives saved the bystanders performing CPR in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
Upcoming candidate forums
Save the dates for three candidate forums for upcoming municipal elections, which are scheduled in Lee’s Summit.
There will be a forum for mayoral candidates Feb. 28 at the Missouri Innovation Campus, another forum for council members March 14 at the Missouri Innovation Campus and finally a forum for school board candidates March 27 at Gamber Community Center.
All three forums, which are free and open to the public, will be begin with a meet and greet at 5 p.m. followed by the forum from 6 to 8 p.m.
Down to Earth Services; Summit Video Services; Spire; and the law firm of Boyd, Kenter, Thomas & Parrish LLC are among the forum’s presenters.
The threat of severe winter weather Tuesday forced Julia Hampton, a certified public accountant from Lee’s Summit, to postpone the first night of a free tax clinic on Earned Income Tax Credits and Property Tax Credits.
Now, the workshops, which is held in conjunction with the city of Lee’s Summit and the United Way, are set for Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St., in the second floor ITS Training Room.
Hampton and volunteers from City Hall, who have years of tax-preparation experience, donate their time and expertise to assist low-income and others in need of tax assistance, including tax preparation, at the workshops, which run from 3 to 6 p.m. by appointment and from 6 to 8 p.m. for walk-ins.
To schedule an appointment, call Hampton’s office at 816-554-0394.
Driver’s exam stations closed
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s driver examination stations will be closed Feb. 12 in observance of Lincoln Day, a state holiday, and Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day, a federal holiday.
Normal operations will resume on Feb. 13 and 20 during the next two weeks.