On yesterday, Jan. 16, 2013, the American Heart Association held its Hands Only CPR demonstrations statewide to raise awareness for this easy to learn lifesaving technique. The goal is to encourage citizens and lawmakers to support CPR training using Psychomotor or hands-on practice prior to high school graduation.
Also on yesterday, more than 380 students at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School have been trained in Hands-Only CPR in the last three weeks. On Jan. 16 at 1:15 p.m. the Pre-Medical Magnet Program at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School and the American Heart Association – Palm Beach County Division are partnering to teach more students how to perform Hands-Only CPR .
According to the American Heart Association, recognition of cardiac arrest is not always straightforward, especially for laypersons. Any confusion on the part of a rescuer can result in a delay or failure to activate the emergency response system or to start CPR. Precious time is lost if bystanders are too confused to act.
On Jan. 14, 2013, the Medical Academy students at Boca Raton Community High, who have been trained as “Hands-Only CPR” trainers by Palm Beach State College Paramedic students, began to teach their peers this skill in PE classes and clubs.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is holding its state wide “Hands-Only CPR” initiative on Jan.16 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the steps of the capitol to bring awareness of the need for “Hands-Only CPR” to become a requirement for graduation. It only takes thirty minutes to teach and can save countless lives as chest compressions will circulate oxygen and buy time for EMS to arrive and take over.
Schools across the state will also be teaching “Hands-Only CPR”.
Other CPR training taking place on the Treasure Coast as presented in a recent article in St. Lucie County’s “Lucie Links” Newsletter illustrates the vitality of the medical academy at Fort Pierce Central to provide useful and up-to-date information for students to embrace and be challenged. As Fort Pierce Central Medical Academy students lean over their own mannequins on the floor of the school’s medical lab, the song “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees starts pumping, which seems appropriate since that’s the goal of the Health Science class, to keep someone alive using CPR training.
Hands Only CPR training is spreading throughout Florida schools at a rapid pace with the ultimate goal being to give the reluctant participant the confidence and training to help save lives by quick response.
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. January 2013.