Seniors learn about AIDS and CPR for graduation

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In 2014, Oklahoma senators passed a bill to ensure the safety of high school students against the risks of negligence in the case of cardiac arrest. The bill states that “all students enrolled in the public schools of this state shall receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation awareness of the purpose of an automated external defibrillator.”

The bill made it a requirement for graduation for students to take instruction on CPR and AED awareness starting the 2015-2016 school year. Broken Arrow High School is holding an instruction assembly for seniors on CPR/AED as well as AIDS on Tuesday, March 29.

“AIDS and CPR will be a training video. Hands on, each student will have the chance to train with an actual dummy,” senior principal Mr. Larry Lewis said. “No [mouth-to-mouth] is required because all the research says that the compressions are what keep people alive until the ambulance arrives.”

The Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act came about after two high school students each suffered fatal cardiac arrests at their respective schools while students and faculty stood by helplessly with no knowledge on how to properly assist the students. Broken Arrow High School nurse Julia Price will be instructing senior students in the assembly.

“CPR instruction teaches students what to look for, to immediately call for help, to know where AEDs are located, and to, most importantly, know how to initiate CPR,” Price said. “I’m hoping that by having high school students exposed to CPR instruction, it will encourage them to follow up to attain their CPR/AED certification or even encourage a career in the medical field. When someone suffers cardiac arrest, time is crucial and knowing how to perform CPR can save someone’s life.”

The training and informational videos will be shown in the BAHS field house and the hands-on dummy training will be conducted in the indoor sports facilities with 20 coaches assisting students. The CPR training will not provide official CPR certification to seniors, but students who have already earned their CPR certification on their own can submit their certification information to the main office.

“I’m anxious to know that every senior on campus will have the capability to save lives,” Lewis said.

While seniors are receiving CPR instruction, all juniors will be taking the ACT for free and sophomores will be participating in a digital media assembly. Once all of the training is done, the senior class may take a class photo at the end of the day if weather is permitting.

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