Film, hands-on experience, and lectures were used to teach the signs and signals of heart attack, stroke, and foreign body airway obstruction (choking). The students learned to evaluate breathlessness and pulselessness enabling them to know when to use CPR and abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver).
Hands-on lessons were demonstrated on two types of mannequins, an adult torso and an infant, in order to learn how to perform these life-saving skills on people of different sizes. In addition they were taught how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
According to Devon Prep’s School Nurse Mrs. Denise Gavin, who coordinated the CPR training, cardiovascular disease is still the number one health problem in the US. “The ability to respond and resuscitate someone long enough to receive advanced care is phenomenally rewarding,” she said. “Only 20% of sudden deaths are resuscitated. That 80% is where these young people can make a difference.”
Devon Prep is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades six through 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers. The school, which is located on a 20 acre campus in Devon, enrolls nearly 300 students from the five county Philadelphia area. For more information contact the Admissions Office at 610-688-7337, email admissions@devonprep, or visit www.devonprep.com or www.facebook.com/