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How to Turn Average Students into Invaluable Life-savers within 3 Hours

11 Nov, 2019 KDIS News Center 2,532

Emergency health issues arise when they are least suspected or unsuspected at all. Hence, being prepared in advance is the best way to face them. Thus, KDI School, in collaboration with the Korean Emergency Care Training Institute, organized a basic training course for CPR, Emergency First-aid for students in compliance with Article 9(2) of the School Health Act.

When one’s heart stops beating, blood can no longer flow to the brain. If blood cannot reach the brain, it may lead to brain damage and ultimately, brain death.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR, when given correctly and in time, can effectively increase the chance of survival in cardiac arrest patients. It is one of the most important life-saving measures known to date.

The CPR training was conducted on the 1st of November, 2019 at KDI School’s Lincoln Hall, and altogether, 30 students joined this 3-hour long course. The training was divided into two sessions. In the first part, the importance of CPR, when and how to conduct it were highlighted and shown to the students by using interesting audio visual aids. The second part allowed students to practice how to manually perform CPR on patients experiencing cardiac arrest with practice mannequins. Students were also taught how Automated External Defibrillation (AED) equipment works and how it can be used in place of manual CPR.

Performing CPR is important. However, there are things to check before doing conducting it. In short, they can be noted as DR’S ABCD, which stands for_

D – Danger Before extending help to someone, assess the surroundings. If you assess the situation as being too dangerous then stay back and call for professional help.

R – Response When someone collapses, check for their response and confirm their consciousness.

S – Shout for Help Shout for help to let people know there is an emergency situation and receive help from them.

A – Airway Try to lift the chin and tilt the head of the patient slightly to prevent blockage of airway.

B – Breathing Check the patient for breathing by looking for chest movement, listening for breathing sounds, and feeling for exhaled breath.

C – CPR After completing the above steps, start performing CPR with the optimum compression rate of two times per second.

D – Defibrillation If an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available, use it as soon as possible.

Although it was a short course, the knowledge the students gained will last for a life-time, and it could be applied throughout their whole life. They came into the training hall in the morning as normal students, but in the afternoon, they left the room as potential life-savers for society.

When interviewed about this CPR, Emergency First-aid training, KDI School Nurse, Mr. Kim, commented,  “What an awesome opportunity that KDI School offers this important training to all students! It was so nice to see many students participate in the CPR training. I believe CPR is a must-learn life-saving skill for everyone. I was very happy and thankful that students actively engaged in the training, asked questions, and actually performed CPR with mannequins.”