Keeping You Safe
Friends and Family Hands-Only CPR
This simplified version of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which teaches how to apply chest compressions, is being widely taught on Whidbey Island by Whidbey General Hospital EMS staff. Compressions give someone the best chance to survive a disruption in blood flow and will keep a person alive until a defibrillator arrives. This program was started in 2011 with local fire departments and so far, EMS has taught more than 1,000 people this easy method, which takes less than 10 minutes to learn!
Child Passenger Safety
Whidbey General Hospital EMS supports safe transportation for children of all ages. In cooperation with the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation, bike/sport helmets and car seats are available for at-risk families or those who cannot buy these products themselves.
Impaired Driving Impact Panels of Island County
These panels take place across the island and involve members of law enforcement, fire departments, EMS and hospital personnel. Participation is required by student drivers.
Senior Fall Prevention-Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
Offered in both a classroom format and as an individualized, home safety walkthrough, this program evaluates potential hazards in a person’s home.
"When a senior falls, it's often a life-changing event," says Robert May, EMS Public Education Coordinator. “Most of these falls are preventable by using strategies in the free fall prevention workshops offered by Whidbey General EMS.”
Seniors being injured in falls is a significant public health problem on Whidbey Island. Please call 360-678-7620 to learn more about preventing falls or about any Whidbey General EMS educational program.
Watch "The Good News About Fall Prevention,” an educational video produced by Seattle Pacific University nursing students.