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Published on May 25, 2017

How much training is needed to help save lives? About 15 minutes.

Twice in June, Tidelands Health will offer free community training on how to save lives using an automatic external defibrillator and hands-only CPR.

Hands-only CPR is the same as traditional CPR except it doesn’t incorporate mouth-to-mouth breaths. An AED can help save lives by restoring the heartbeat of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

An AED, in conjunction with traditional CPR, was recently used at Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine in Pawleys Island to save a patient’s life after he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed in the practice.

The two trainings scheduled in early June will take about 15 minutes to complete. Registration is not required. Interested members of the community can stop by during either of the following training periods:

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, in the Tidelands Health Conference Center, located within Tidelands Waccamaw Medical Park South, 4367 Riverwood Drive in Murrells Inlet
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, in the private dining room at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, 606 Black River Road in Georgetown.

The training will be taught by paramedics from Medshore Ambulance Services and Julie Pope, director of cardiovascular services for Tidelands Health.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.