By Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Jacob I. Allison
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN (Jan. 2, 2013) – Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were trained in CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of first aid response training during George Washington’s in-port period Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emil Agas, from Chicago, trained 17 Sailors during the hour-long course developed by the American Heart Association.
“Sailors are first responders on the ship,” said Agas. “There are a lot of ways for someone to get hurt – electricity, falls, shock, drowning, or exposure. Any of these might result in the heart stopping and CPR can save a life.”
Sailors practiced on CPR mannequins to perfect the techniques, learning how to properly perform rescue breaths & chest compressions.
They were also trained on the proper use of the AED, which can be used to jump-start a heart which is not maintaining a steady rhythm. George Washington carries 50 of the life-saving devices onboard.
“I work around a lot of electrical equipment,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Andrew Gracheck, from Amelia, Ohio. “I need to know how to respond if someone is shocked. I’d like everyone in my work center to receive this training.”
George Washington’s medical department trains between 1,500 and 2,000 Sailors in CPR and AED use each year.
George Washington returned to it forward-operating location of Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka from its 2012 patrol on Nov. 20. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region.