On Friday, Mar. 18 all CVA students completed state-mandated hands-only CPR and AED awareness training. Effective February 2016, the training is a graduation requirement.
Each grade gathered in the gymnasium where they first watched an American Red Cross video explaining the basics of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation or hands-only CPR. The technique is effective when treating a teen or adult who suddenly collapses. The victim’s lungs will contain enough oxygen to sustain the brain and heart if someone applies high-quality chest compressions. If bystanders call 9-1-1 this simple technique can keep someone alive until trained medical personnel arrive.
Following the video, students lined up for their opportunity to apply chest compressions to a series of practice dummies. Two volunteers from the American Heart Association, two Ilion firemen, and the CVA physical education teachers guided students in:
- Checking for responsiveness (apply CPR only is the victim is not breathing and unresponsive),
- Assigning others to call 9-1-1 (beginning CPR immediately is key to success),
- Proper hand placement (center of the chest), and
- Proper and rapid compressions (pressing ribcage down two inches at least 100 times per minute).
Students also learned the basics of the Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED), a device that reestablishes a normal heart rhythm. This is most often used in the early stages of a cardiac arrest.
“Research shows that the person who collapses near you is likely to be a friend or family member. What you learn here will likely save the life of your loved one,” said physical education teacher Jane Connors.
All students completed the training.
“Our goal was to train the entire building, grades 9-12. Going forward we will train our incoming freshmen in physical education classes,” said CVA principal Dick Keeler.