Summit College takes CPR seriously

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

In conjunction with Pulse Point, a first aid training organisation, 91 students from Grade 5 to 11 and 15 staff and parents from Summit College in Johannesburg were recently trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills during National CPR Week.

Some of the specific skills the students learned were:

  • how to recognise when someone needs CPR
  • how to call for help in an emergency, and who to call
  • how to administer CPR correctly until the situation is BETA, which stands for: Better (the patient is breathing on their own again); Energy (the automated external defibrillator, or AED, arrives); Tired (assisting the person administering CPR, who may become too tired to carry on); and Ambulance (professional medical help arrives with an ambulance)
  • how to help oneself and others during choking.

All the students were assessed on their mastery of the above skills and were issued certificates of competence.

The students all emerged from the course feeling confident and excited about the fact that they know how to do CPR. They said that they thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it easy to understand. Many of them said they didn’t realise it was that easy to learn how to save someone’s life!

Once qualified, the older students are given first aid duties to perform on a roster basis during breaks and at sporting events. They are overseen by the first aid coordinator and the school’s sick bay supervisor. Summit College hopes to make CPR Day an annual event on its school calendar. From now on, it is hoping to increase the numbers of students trained, and will encourage other schools to get involved in this initiative.

Category: Autumn 2013

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