If you were walking down the 100-wing hallway at Berkshire High School earlier this month, you may have heard the song Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees playing aloud from Mr. Meyers’ health classroom. Students were not practicing their disco moves, but instead learning and practicing how to save a life. Students were taught how to recognize a cardiovascular emergency, the importance of performing high-quality CPR, and how to use an AED for defibrillation. Participating students went through adult, child, and infant medical emergency scenarios and practiced and refined their CPR/AED skills.
The learning unit also covered how to recognize and provide care in choking emergencies by instructing students how to perform abdominal thrusts and back blows on different aged populations. Students also learned how to apply first aid to wounds and lacerations by using direct pressure, tourniquets, and bandage wraps. After a week of learning and practicing their skills confidently in class, University Hospitals EMS Institute visited the classes and tested our students. The students earned their Heartsaver K-12 CPR cards free of charge provided by UH which are good for two years.