Valley students can earn CPR/AED training and a certification in three hours by just staying on campus.
By: Jackie Carter, Staff Writer
The use of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) dates back to 1740. In the present day, however, a staggering 70 percent of Americans do not know how to react during a cardiac emergency, nor do they know how to perform CPR correctly, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Luckily for students, they can learn these vital skills in the three-hour CPR Training and Certification workshop which was provided by the LAVC Emergency Services Department. Students watch a short video and get hands-on training on how to perform CPR, as well as training in AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Upon completion, students receive a CPR/AED Certification Card that is good for two years.
“Heart attacks, strokes and airway obstruction are the most common causes of CPR emergencies,” said EMT/CPR Training Phil Gibson. “The chances of survival are much higher if CPR is performed.”
In the event of a campus emergency, there are three emergency action steps recommended by the American Health & Safety Institute: Assess, Alert and Attend (ASSESS). First thing to do according to ASSESS, is alert a professional immediately. No matter if the victim is conscious or not.
Make sure to call the Sheriff’s Department (818) 947-2911 if on campus. Then, be sure to ask for someone who is trained in CPR/AED.
Finally, attend to the victim and begin CPR using the CAB (Circulation Airway Breathing) procedure, which is to perform 30 chest compression to open the airway, followed by two rescue breaths, according to the American Health & Safety Institute.
“I feel good about being able to assist others,” said liberal studies major Hannah Powers. “I wish more students would attend, you can help more people.”
Approximately 92,000 people are saved by CPR in the US each year, according to AHA. Whether it is from choking on a piece of a dinner, to something more serious and life-threatening, knowing how to perform CPR can a save a life.
For Monarchs that are concerned about liability, the Good Samaritan Law provides protection to those who choose to serve or tend to those who are injured or ill.
“While CPR has been around for a while, it hasn’t changed that much, but The American Heart Association does update its guidelines every five years,” said Gibson. “One major change has been [Chest-] compression-only CPR. This reduces the fears about performance and diseases and increases the chance that CPR will be attempted.”
The LAVC Emergency Services Department will be offering free CPR/AED for adults, children and infants on selected Thursdays and Saturdays at no cost to Valley students, staff and faculty until May 31. The next opportunity to attend free CPR/AED training is April 17. Contact (818) 947-2982 to register, or visit www.lavc.edu/campusnews to get more information.