World Heart Day: BHB offers free CPR training

Thursday 26 September 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is celebrating World Heart Day this year with quick cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses for the public. BHB is the only American Heart Association Authorized Training Center in Bermuda and each of the courses offered have been created by that organisation.

Hands-Only CPR

Designed to increase the likelihood of bystanders taking action if someone suffers a heart attack right in front of them, this method does not involve any mouth-to-mouth contact. Only hand contact is required.

“Research showed that people were uncomfortable giving mouth-to-mouth help to victims, even in instances where a person fell into difficulty right before them,” said BHB Clinical Nurse Educator Kelly Pitcher. “This technique was created to increase the numbers of people that would be able to help in such circumstances, thereby increasing the prospects for anyone who may have a heart attack.”

BHB will offer the Hands-Only CPR course for free. Training takes about 30 minutes and is done to music. Research by the American Heart Association shows that people are more likely to remember the compression rate to use when they are trained to use the beat of a familiar song.

Participants must be able to kneel on the floor.


Family & Friends CPR

Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need CPR certification to meet a job requirement. The course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

This course includes training in the Hands-Only CPR technique as well as mouth-to-mouth CPR to use on adults and children. Adult and child AED use, infant CPR and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants are also a part of this training.

BHB will provide free instruction for this course. The workbook and mouthpiece required will cost $5. Family & Friends CPR training is about 2 hours long.

Participants must be able to kneel on the floor.


Registering for the courses

Please note that neither course is appropriate for clinicians.

Hands-Only CPR will be offered on Friday 27 September from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Family & Friends CPR will be offered on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.  Three sessions will be offered each day.

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
8:30am-10:30am 11am-1pm 1:30pm-3:30pm

Call 239-1029 to register or email Please include the time and date you would like to attend.


Family and friends CPR training flyer 2019

Hands only CPR training flyer

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Bermuda Hospitals Board offers free hands-only CPR training

12 September 2018: You could help save a life if you spend just 15 minutes training in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is providing free training in the modern technique of hands-only CPR.

The most recent studies in cardio pulmonary resuscitation show that constant stimulation of the heart muscle without adding breaths is an effective lifesaving technique. Findings have shown that people are more likely to perform the hands-only method – thus increasing the numbers of people who receive CPR as quickly as possible.

“The American Heart Association recommends that bystanders perform hands-only CPR on teens and adults who suddenly collapse. Bystanders have said they would be more likely to help using hands-only CPR mainly because they were not confident that they would perform the steps in conventional CPR correctly,” said Synda Cook Roberts, BHB’s Clinical Education Manager of Nursing Staff Development.

“BHB is actually the official training centre of the American Heart Association in Bermuda so training with us gives participants information and techniques that have been proven safe, effective and that are backed-up by the most modern research findings,” she added.

Training for the hands-only CPR method takes only 15 minutes.

“We actually train to music,” said Kelly Pitcher, one of BHB’s Clinical Nurse Educators.  “The timing of the compressions works very well if you carry it out in sync with the beat of certain songs. Depending on the type of music you favour, we can usually identify a song you can play in your head as you do the chest compressions. The Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive works very well.”

Free sessions will be offered on Tuesday 18 September in The Resource Centre located on the ground floor of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The sessions will take place every 15 minutes starting at 8:30am and ending at 3:45pm. Participants will have to be able to kneel on the floor to carry out the training.

Registration for the training can be done by emailing or by calling 239-1029 or 239-1821.

Download the attached flyer and share with friends and colleagues.


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