Free CPR training could save a life

Wednesday 24 May 2023: A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. Would you know how to help?

“Immediate intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double, even triple, a victim’s chance of survival,” said Kelly Pitcher, clinical educator and nurse at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB).

Ms Pitcher leads an annual BHB initiative to provide CPR training to the community through free Friends & Family CPR courses, along with Heartsaver CPR AED certification courses for a minimal fee.

“BHB is celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness Week the first week of June with CPR courses for the public,” said Ms Pitcher. “CPR is an intervention that can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, and an AED is an automated external defibrillator device.”

According to the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute CPR is delayed. BHB is an American Heart Association international training centre, and all CPR courses follow their guidelines and standards.

Ms Pitcher added: “Our free Friends & Family CPR courses are ideal for everyday people, like parents, community groups and babysitters, who don’t need certification but want to learn how to save a life if needed.

“We offer Heartsaver CPR AED training for a $20 fee to those who require certification, such as caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards.”

For more information or to register, call 239-1029 or 239-1821, or email, including the course, time and date you wish to attend.

Family & Friends CPR (free)

Dates: Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June 2023

Times: 8:30am-10:30am, 11am- 1pm and 1:30pm- 3:30pm

Audience: People who want to learn CPR but do not need CPR certification to meet a job requirement, eg community groups, parents, babysitters and general public. Participants must be able to kneel on the floor.

Topics: Hands-only CPR technique; mouth-to-mouth CPR for adults and children; adult and child AED use; infant CPR; and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants.


Heartsaver CPR AED Certification ($20)

Dates: Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June 2023

Times: 8:30am-11am, 11:30am -2pm and 2:30pm-5pm

Audience: People who require CPR certification, eg caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards. Not appropriate for clinicians.

Topics: Adult and child CPR and AED use; infant CPR; and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants.


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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at