BLS seminar sharpens skills of Ottawa SCAN officers

By LEILANI ST-AMAND and RONNIE H. MUTYA

Date Posted: September 28, 2022

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A three-part Basic Life Support (BLS) seminar held on September 10-11, 2022 at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Montreal, Quebec sharpened the skill set of the officers of the Society of Communicators and Networkers International (SCAN) in the Ecclesiastical District of Ottawa as emergency first responders.

The seminar was led by Christopher Pangilinan, paramedic and district Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS) president of the neighboring District of Southern Ontario.

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The seminar had three sessions, one on the first day and two in the second and final. Pangilinan discussed and demonstrated to the attendees the adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), proper use of automated external defibrillators (AED), rescue, breathing and airway management from choking, as well as identifying signs and symptoms of a stroke.

After each demonstration, the SCAN officers took turns in applying what they have learned, with Pangilinan supervising them.

“It’s a requirement for all SCAN members to be certified and updated in BLS. This activity also helps the brethren learn how to save lives, as the motto of the organization says ‘Saving lives is our priority,’” he said. — With reports from INC News Section