Compton students benefit from lifesaving CPR training
The special training was made possible through a grant by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Compton Schools Police Chief William W. Wu, addresses Manuel Dominguez High School students during Hands-only CPR instruction. Photo: Compton Unified School District
Dozens of Dominguez High School students received CPR training utilizing special instructional kits developed by the American Heart Association
COMPTON (MNS) – Students at Manuel Dominguez High School recently benefitted from lifesaving empowerment training in Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
More commonly known as CPR, a life-saving emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function, the special training was made possible through a grant by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
“Equipping high school students in the Compton Unified School district with CPR kits uniquely couples our health and education pillars,” said Nichol Whiteman, executive director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with the American Heart Association and the Compton Schools Police Department to offer thousands of students this empowering and lifesaving skill.”
Initial CPR training sessions occurred recently at Dominguez High School, where more than 40 students received instruction in CPR techniques utilizing special instructional kits developed by the American Heart Association.
The CPR training kits were comprised of 10 inflatable mannequins, 10 AED training simulators, five training DVDs, and lesson plans enabling students to practice on a mannequin after viewing CPR performed correctly on the DVD, a research-proven way to learn and retain CPR skills. Students also learned to use an automated external defibrillator, and provide choking relief.
“Teaching our high school students CPR will put thousands of qualified lifesavers in our community year after year,” said Ravi Dave, M.D., immediate past president of the L.A. County Board of Directors American Heart Association. “Everyone benefits from having more lifesavers in our community, especially when you consider that every hour about 40 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital.”
CUSD Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley expressed gratification in the investment in the district’s students.
“I am looking forward to seeing the training being delivered to all 6,000 students, knowing they will be able to say that, in addition to a quality education, they gained life-saving skills while attending school in Compton,” Brawley said.
“The fact that the American Heart Association and the L.A. Dodgers Foundation have made such a tremendous commitment to our district’s students speaks volumes about them as vital contributors to the well being of our youth,” said CUSD Board President Micah Ali.
“Partnerships such as this are important, as Compton Unified School District continues its efforts to give our students access to unprecedented opportunities that will prepare them for success in school and life,” Ali added.
In L.A. County, currently, only three percent of cardiac arrest victims survive. Nationwide, more than 350,000 people annually suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital environment. Hands-only CPR training focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time.
While emergency responders are en route to a cardiac emergency, a person trained in CPR can administer 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute using Hands-only CPR to help provide ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a better chance of survival once responders arrive.