Monday, February 17, 2020

Two weeks after passing a VNA CPR course, Pacific Grove Woman Saves Life of Motorcyclist

Just two weeks after completing her CPR course with VNA Community Services, a nurse in Pacific Grove was called to action.

Pacific Grove, CA, February 17, 2020 - Just two weeks after completing her CPR course with VNA Community Services, a nurse in Pacific Grove was called to action. This community health nurse was educated, confident, and capable of responding to save a life. Driving down Pine Avenue with her daughters, the Pacific Grove nurse came upon a rider less motorcycle in the street. Without hesitation, she pulled over — first on the scene.

The motorcyclist had experienced cardiac arrest and the recent CPR training saved a life. Feeling no pulse, the nurse initiated CPR as 911 already had been called. After two rounds of CPR, the victim regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.

Two weeks after taking the Basic Life Support course, taught by April Brazinksy, RN, BSN and Mary Ann Franscioni, illustrated VNA’s CPR motto —

“Hindsight is 2020: This Year Prepare to Save a Life.”

As part of its ongoing mission to provide community health care services, VNA Community Services has launched an initiative to train local residents with skills necessary to save the life of a friend, family member of stranger in need of CPR.

If performed immediately, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can double or triple a person’s chance of survival by keeping blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Sadly, this happens less than 10 percent of the time outside of the hospital.

VNA will offer Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers, and Heartsaver for community members.

BLS is offered the second Thursday each month at VNA, 5 Lower Ragsdale, Monterey, while Heartsaver is available on location or at VNA by arrangement.

While the BLS course ensures ongoing certification for healthcare workers, Heartsaver is appropriate for anyone — parents, grandparents, babysitters, teachers, coaches, office workers and more.

BLS Blended Instruction costs $80, while Heartsaver Blended Instruction is $95. Each course keeps class sizes between 4-12 members.

VNA instructors follow training provided by the American Heart Association. Certifications are valid for two years.

For more information, call 831-372-6668, or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455

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