Free Live-Saving Spectator Response Training Offered to Concert Venues

The New Orleans Department of Health (NOHD) provides concert venues with free training on audience response, including hands-only CPR, life-threatening bleeding, and opioid overdose response.

“We are currently targeting the hospitality industry for training in response to opioid overdoses in particular, as we are seeing an alarming increase in opioid overdoses, and often hospitality workers can be on the front lines of these events. life-threatening,” said Dana Wilkosz, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for NOHD.

Companies can receive any combination of training or individual courses. Training for all three takes about 2 hours, overdose response taking about 20-30 minutes, and CPR with bleeding stop and hands-only taking about 45 minutes each.

Response to opioid overdose (20-30 minutes). After the training, participants will be able to:

• Describe what an opioid is, its different forms, and how an overdose of opioids can lead to death

• Identify an opioid overdose

• Describe the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone and identify its different forms

• Respond to and reverse an opioid overdose with intranasal naloxone

• Identify where to get naloxone and other harm reduction resources in New Orleans

• Determine where naloxone provided by NOHD will be stored on site in the event of an opioid overdose

Hands-Only CPR (45 minutes). After the training, participants will be able to:

• Recognize the signs of cardiac arrest and how to react

• Know how to administer hands-only CPR to adults and young children

• Know how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) for a person in cardiac arrest

Stop the bleeding (45 minutes). After the training, participants will be able to:

• Activate 911 and understand how to assess scene safety

• Learn how to react in the event of an incident resulting in life-threatening bleeding

• Know how and when to apply a tourniquet to an injury

• Determine where tourniquets provided by NOHD will be kept on site

The NOHD will organize on-site training to facilitate staff participation. The cap on the number of participants is set at 20, but trainers can be flexible if there is particularly high interest/larger staff. This may include offering multiple trainings if required for the site. NOHD offers these trainings anytime, with late afternoon, evening and weekend availability. In the past, training was often added to an existing staff meeting. At this time, NOHD is unable to offer funding to cover additional staff or to compensate staff who attend training outside of their regular hours.

NOHD provides participants with free Narcan for those undergoing overdose response training and tourniquets after training in stopping bleeding.

The state of Louisiana good samaritan law protects anyone who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone who has suffered a drug-related overdose, or who experiences a drug-related overdose and requires medical assistance.

To schedule a training, contact Dana Wilkosz at [email protected](504) 658-2591.

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