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Students Practice A Life-Saving Lesson

JAN. 20, 2023 — Seventh graders reviewed and practiced a common life-saving technique used to revive thousands of people annually, including a player on the Buffalo Bills.

Encouraged by the miraculous recovery of Damar Hamlin, students in Carolyn Wescott’s health class began to ask questions about the medical attention given to the Bills player during a game in Cincinnati.

The interest prompted Ms. Wescott, a certified CPR instructor, to turn to Midlakes Aquatics coordinator Jack Hauber, another certified CPR instructor, to help lead seventh graders through a lesson on CPR in health class.

Cardiac arrest claims approximately 350,000 lives a year, according to the American Heart Association. Survival rates are trending upward thanks to the quick-thinking actions of those spotting the signs early and knowing what to do to help.

“More and more people are finding out that it is not that hard to perform CPR,” Hauber told students. 

Hands-only CPR is the procedure used to apply chest compressions to manually massage the heart to pump blood through the body and help preserve brain function until more care can be provided. Immediate attention is often the key, such as in Hamlin’s case, in ensuring a positive outcome.

Those who think someone is suffering from cardiac arrest should check to see if the individual is awake by tapping their shoulder and asking if they are alright. If they are unresponsive, call 911.

The American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and other organizations offer training. Consult those agencies for specific information regarding CPR and additional training.