St. Matthew’s donates to Cayman Heart Fund

Cayman Heart Fund Coordinator Angelique Bodden, second from right, receives a donation from St. Matthew’s University representatives, from left, Dr. Sukumar Thorenoor Kumaraswamy, Lloyd Griffin, Dr. Pritam Biswas and Dr. Amitabha Basu.

St. Matthew’s University has donated funds raised from its CPR and basic life support classes to the Cayman Heart Fund.

The medical and veterinary school offers the classes throughout the year and qualified students receive a certificate authorised by the American Heart Association. Part of the proceeds from those classes were presented to the Cayman Heart Fund in the form of a cheque for $1,809 last week.

“We try to make our classes as interactive and engaging as possible. We want our students to leave the classroom having learned new skills as well as knowledge, not just a certificate. We are always pleased to hear our students tell us that it they find themselves in that situation, they won’t hesitate to help,” instructor Lloyd Griffin said in a press release.

Griffin said St. Matthew’s works with the Cayman Heart Fund to help educate the public about cardiovascular disease and dealing with emergency situations. “The scary thing about cardiac arrest is that it can happen at any time and giving people the ability to help someone while emergency care is on the way can make all the difference,” he said.

The university’s Dean and Professor of Pathology Dr. Amitabha Basu said in the release, “We are proud to be associated with the CHF in delivering essential lifesaving skills to the people of the Cayman Islands. We have been providing BLS training to local medical, paramedical staff members, students, and non-medical personnel since 10 July 2010.”

He added, “There is an urgent need to make CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training a must in schools and colleges and especially at the community level so that family members of those people, who fall under high-risk zone for developing heart ailments, can give immediate medical assistance in times of emergency. Knowing how to give CPR properly can be a great asset and can save the life of a person when his or her heart stops beating.”

Cayman Heart Fund board member Barrie Quappe teaches CPR/First Aid at St. Matthew’s.

She said, “We train laypersons, medical professionals and anyone who wants the peace of mind that they know what to do in an emergency.”

For more information about the CPR and BLS classes at St. Matthew’s University, contact the Cayman Heart Fund at 916-6324 or [email protected]