UGA Red Cross Club teaches 90 students Hands-Only CPR

ImageBy: Melissa Hunter

Inspired by 17-year-old Reid Heiser of Monroe, Michigan, the UGA Red Cross club student leaders learned the importance of becoming CPR certified.  Reid Heiser became CPR certified, never thinking that one week later he would use it to save a co-workers life.  After hearing this story, the UGA Red Cross club gave students the opportunity to become Hands-Only CPR certified for no cost.   Last week, 90 UGA students took advantage of this rare opportunity to attend the free event.  During the event, they were able to Skype with Heiser to ask him a few questions about his story and the importance of becoming CPR certified.  Within thirty minutes, students learned to potentially save the life of a collapsed individual.  The students learned how to assess the individual that has collapsed and determine if medical attention is needed.  Hands-only means performing chest compressions without mouth to mouth.  Students learned how to do proper chest compressions to allow the blood and oxygen in the body to continue to circulate until an ambulance arrives.  The event was a great success and now 90 UGA students are Hands-Only CPR certified where the only cost they gave was their time.  The 30 minutes they took out of their Monday night could one day save a life.

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2 responses to “UGA Red Cross Club teaches 90 students Hands-Only CPR

  1. Being in the CPR Industry, I hear it all too often that someone becomes CPR certified and will have to use their new training shortly after. I can’t stress how important it is for people to learn the proper CPR techniques as you never know when you will have the chance to save someone’s life.

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