On May 21 American Medical Response (AMR) provided students at Amity High School a full-day program on how to save lives through compression-only CPR.
Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep life-saving blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm (100 compressions per minute).
Bystanders who provide compression-only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.
Paramedic Mike Morganski led the assemblies throughout the day, taking about 50 students at a time into the gymnasium, where he and about 5 other emergency care professionals spend time in small groups of 10, teaching the kids the proper techniques for approaching a victim, determining if the patient is unconscious and/or not breathing.
After deciding on the victim’s need for assistance, make sure that someone is calling 911, then get down on your knees and begin doing compressions.
At 100 compressions per minute you become tired and your knees will hurt (Yes, I tried it too) but you can save a life by acting quickly.
Some of the students stood around hiding behind their friends, while others jumped right into it and began practicing. By the end of each gym class every student had participated.
The way the students acted is pretty close to the way people react in a real-life situation, sometimes people will call 911 without being asked and others may just watch.
The AMR instructors were impressed with the Amity students, especially the ones who dove in and did what they were asked. At an actual scene it’s that one person who acts that can make all the difference in someone’s life.
The event is part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week with events being held in 40 states.
For more information about AMR’s World CPR Challenge, visit www.amr-westmi.com