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Clubs Rotary learns of CPR, AEDs

The Vermillion Rotary Club with Dan Van Peursem presiding met Jan. 6 for our weekly lunch at the Neuharth Center. Guests today included Charles Trimble, acting director of the Native American Center and two students from Vermillion High School: Chandra Ewing and Xavier Flores. Rotary is helping with the Welcome Table on Jan. 12 and some volunteers are needed.

Anthony Burbach presented our program today calling our attention to two health related programs that he has been instrumental in setting up here in Vermillion drawing on the expertise working as a paramedic in Sioux City. Mr. Burbach first set up a program for training local residents in CPR techniques and this program has by now given us some human resources to save human lives. But CPR does not really address the problem of "sudden cardiac arrest." This is not a "heart attack" in which the blood going to the heart is blocked. Rather it is a condition in which a person's heart is beating irregularly because the electrical stimuli for the heart beat has become dangerously erratic.

With a machine called a defibrillator many victims of this kind of coronary emergency can be saved, but time is of the essence. If a defibrillator is not applied within 10 minutes after the start of the event, it is usually too late to save the victim and using CPR techniques do not alleviate the condition. Accordingly, it is important that defibrillators (AEDs) be readily available especially for those people who might be the "first responders" to emergencies.

In the normal case police officers or firefighters tend to arrive at the scene of an emergency somewhat earlier than an ambulance and Burbach has headed up the effort to equip the Vermillion Police Department, the USD Campus Police, the Sheriff's Department, and the Fire Department with two or more AEDs that they might use before an ambulance crew could arrive. Using the machines requires some training but they are designed for relatively easy and safe usage.

In fact, applying the two patches to the body (one on the upper right side of the chest and the other on the lower left, so that an electrical current will course across the location of the heart) tells the machine whether or not a shock sould be administrated and even prevents the machine from delivering the shock when the situation does not call for it. In that sense you can do no harm in using the machine and you could save a life.

Most of the machines have already been bought and will soon be distributed to Vermillion's first responders, but not all the desired accessories have yet been purchased and contributions to that end would be welcomed.

Jolly Juniorettes will meet Jan. 13

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H club met on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Prairie Homes Assisted Living for Christmas caroling. Winter themed table centerpieces, that the club members made, were given to the residents as a Christmas gift.

After caroling, the club members went back to the 4-h center. Ron Thaden and John and DoraLee Lynch were the instructors on �How To Make a Wren Bird House.� the craft project was then completed.

Emily Holoch read a thank you note for the Thanksgiving basket. Two-year pins were handed out to Austin Krier and William Mart.

Club members donated new or gently used toys/books to the Head Start Program to help fill their toy box with new/different toys for the new year. December military care package items were brought to the meeting.

Pizza and pop were served. A gift exchange took place. Leader Cyndi Dendinger handed out envelopes that contained County Fair and State Fair Premiums for 2003.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the 4-H Center. Demonstration will be given by Austin Krier, Sarah Anderson and Emily Holoch. A judging school will be given by Theresa Dendinger.

Military care items to bring will be as follows: if your last name ends in A-G, deodorant; H-N, sunflower seeds, and O-Z, shampoo. See you in 2004!

Ellen Hanson,

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