STHF has 4 new cardiac arrest interns. Today was the first class for the new interns and they did a great job. This fall we are focusing our efforts on teaching 9th grade students throughout Jefferson County, KY. The following post is written by our cardiac arrest intern Alexandria Oliver, a post-graduate student from the University of Louisville.
Today, the new STHF interns visited Doss high school to teach health students hands-only CPR. Though this was a diverse group of students, the majority of the students come from underserved communities. Upon arrival, we were told that all of the students receive free breakfast and lunch due to the socioeconomic status of their families. All of the interns were excited to teach hands-only CPR to a group of students that had never seen CPR and would otherwise have no idea what to do in the case of a cardiac arrest. Though these kids were almost a decade younger than us, they were still very familiar with our theme song “ Staying Alive” and very intrigued by our CPR dummies. The students had plenty of questions as we went through our presentation, which let us know that they were interested and thinking on their toes. We kept our presentation interactive to keep the kids attention and we were pleasantly surprised at their answers. One student mentioned that heart disease ran in her family so she already knew the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack and basically knew the answer to every question we asked. We might have to kick it up a notch on the questions next time! Though many of our students this morning were quite outspoken, we did teach a couple of students who were rather shy. By the end of our class, I noticed that even these reserved students were smiling and having a good time. Who ever said you can’t have fun and learn how to save lives at the same time? Overall, we taught approximately 105 students how to do hands-only CPR and impacted the lives of the many individuals they could save if they ever come in contact with someone who is suffering from a cardiac arrest. The most fulfilling part of the day, you ask? I was most impacted by the individuals who came in not knowing the 1st thing about CPR, but leaving with the confidence to save someone’s life. Mission accomplished!