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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Spring 2011


Court security officers and other court employees are equipped to respond to many health emergencies arising in the courthouse (or elsewhere) thanks to the Administrative Office of the Courts' Red Cross training program. The program offers classes on an ongoing basis in each county that lead to Red Cross certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillation) and First Aid. Participants learn to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in victims ages 12 to adult and practice Adult CPR, basic precautions for preventing disease transmission and emergency care for choking, bleeding, splinting and other first aid emergencies. Classes also cover the basics of AED and include information about precautions to take when using an AED, what defibrillation is, how it works and troubleshooting for special situations. (Defibrillators are located in courthouses throughout the state.)

According to AOC trainer Kirsten Morris, the classes have been modified in 2011 to comply with revised Red Cross Guidelines. These changes emphasize compressions or "hands-only" CPR, which is now considered to be easier for people to use and just as effective for victims as traditional mouth-to-mouth plus compression CPR. Another change in the program for 2011 is the two-year certification in CPR as well as in First Aid. Previously, Red Cross certification in CPR was valid for only one year, as opposed to the two year certification in First Aid.

In the last 3 years over 225 employees have been certified and/or re-certified in CPR, AED and First Aid through the program. While the training has targeted security personnel, particularly bailiffs, judicial assistants, court security officers and constables, all who are employed by the Delaware Judiciary are welcome to participate in the Red Cross program. As Ms. Morris emphasizes, "We want to encourage our security personnel and other employees to participate because this is training that can enable you to save a life."

Participants in Red Cross training
Participants in Red Cross training held on March 18, 2011