Juniors practice the steps of CPR, BLS

Joseph Alturo, junior, demonstrates how to give rescue breaths during the first training session.<br />Photo Credit: Bree Eure
Joseph Alturo, junior, demonstrates how to give rescue breaths during the first training session.
Photo Credit: Bree Eure

Juniors in Mrs. Vicki Smith’s Respiratory Therapy class are currently being trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support (BLS) techniques by the American Heart Association. The training sessions are held during class in a 36-hour course from Nov. 7 to Dec. 10.

“Learning CPR and BLS is a good experience for us, and will help us in the future for careers in the medical field,” junior Kinsey Wagner said.

Students will be practicing CPR on infants, children, and adult mannequins. The heimlich maneuver will also be taught, which can be used in case of an incidence of choking.

“The CPR and BLS skills we are learning in Respiratory Therapy class are amazing. I like how we work with mannequins and have a partner to work with. Since I am learning these skills, I hope that I will be able to save a life in the future and be proud of my education as well as becoming successful in the medical field,” junior Shirley Siu said.

At the end of these training sessions, students will be both CPR and BLS certified by the American Heart Association until 2015.

“The whole experience of CPR and BLS training is very interesting. It’s helpful and very informational to get us ready for working in the medical field as well as real life situations. It also lets you know your strengths and weaknesses so you know where you need to improve in for CPR and BLS,“ junior Jia Liang said.