AHA Has Been Pushing Lifesaving CPR Training Since the 1960s

For more than 50 years, the association has helped codify, simply and expand CPR training


 
 

Chris Salata, Palm Beach Daily News | | Wednesday, February 13, 2013


PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Anne, cold and motionless, lay supine on the floor of Carol Winig's class at Palm Beach Gardens High School. Senior Sophie Gross stared into her blank eyes, shook her and shouted.

"Hey, are you OK? Are you OK?"

No reply.

Gross began chest compressions as another student ran to inform the front office that a student was down.

With each compression, Anne's chest would click and Gross' voice would pierce the quiet classroom like a metronome.

"One, two, three, four ..."

No response.

Anne, whose full name, Mini Anne, is trademarked by the Norwegian medical company that manufactured her, would remain cold and motionless -- but the effort was not in vain. Winig, a registered nurse, teaches regular classes at the high school to instruct students, teachers and anyone else who can spare 15 minutes, in CPR.

On this particular day recently, Winig and 27 senior students in the pre-med magnet program she runs taught 33 freshmen and sophomores hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

Classes such as this have helped teach millions of Americans important lifesaving techniques, thanks in large part to the support and guidance of the American Heart Association. Since the 1960s, the association has helped codify, simply and expand CPR training. Its latest push is to make CPR training a graduation requirement for high school students.

The goal, according to Winig, is "to teach as many students as we possibly can."



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, cpr, chest compressions, AHA

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting, EMS Audio

Edited audio from the Parliament Hill incident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Illinois Ambulance Service on Chopping Block

Peoria Heights EMS depends on property tax vote.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Mid-South EMTs Prepare for Ebola

Mid-South EMTs are certified for service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >