8th grade students in Mrs. Sarah Budziak’s
Health class received CPR training from University Hospitals on Wednesday, October 18th through Friday, October 20th. The training sessions were overseen by Mr. Justin Magill from the University Hospitals EMS Institute, who provided first-hand knowledge and experience of how to properly perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on an individual in the event of an emergency. Students began the first session by watching a video by the American Heart Association depicting a scenario where an individual in a public space suffers cardiac arrest and requires CPR from those nearby. Mr. Magill then discussed the important points in the video and modeled how to properly perform CPR on a mannequin. Each student was then given the opportunity to apply what they learned and practice chest compressions on a mannequin under the direction of Mr. Magill. The second day of training involved learning the Heimlich Maneuver to assist an individual who is choking, as well as how to properly use an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) to help someone experiencing cardiac arrest. For the third and final day, students learned how to properly perform CPR and Heimlich Maneuver on an infant, and participated in a review activity. Overall, the students greatly enjoyed the hands-on learning activities throughout all three sessions. The SEL Schools wish to thank Mr. Magill and University Hospitals for providing our students the opportunity to learn CPR and other life-saving techniques.