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Choking Relief Training for Northampton Restaurant Workers

choking classNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The city of Northampton is teaming up with Cooley Dickinson Hospital to ensure the city’s restaurants are safe.

This morning, employees from dozens of local eateries took part in a choking relief course.

The state requires restaurants have at least one staff member trained to use the Heimlich procedure, per shift. But health officials say, the more people who know how to save a life, the better.

“This is so important because if they’re doing something when the paramedics get there, it makes the paramedics’ job so much easier if something is in progress when they get there,” says John Shaw, profession development educator at Cooley Dickinson.

The course also addresses how to respond to a patron who has an allergic reaction or goes into anaphylactic shock. Cooley Dickinson plans to offer additional choking relief courses in the Fall.

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