St. Peter’s Junior High School teams with St. John Ambulance for free course
About two weeks ago, an announcement on the PA at St. Peter’s Junior High School in Mount Pearl said the school would be offering Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.
This morning, more than 100 Grade 8 and Grade 9 students took on the course, offered at their school by St. John Ambulance.
The course included basic training of what to do in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, including use of the increasingly prolific AED in the response.
“It was actually really easy because the AED talks to you and will take you through every step,” said student Emily Garlie.
According to information provided by St. John Ambulance, research has shown individuals 13 and 14 years old can successfully perform the chest compressions required for CPR. Combined with AED use, the process dramatically increases the likelihood of a positive outcome in the case of an emergency involving sudden cardiac arrest.
“The nice thing about AEDs is there’s not a lot of technical things about AEDs,” said Mahmud Hasan, a volunteer of more than six years with St. John Ambulance and instructor for the in-school session.
“Once we give them the training, they’re much more accustomed to the voice prompt. They know exactly what to do, what happens, what the voice prompt is going to say after what — so they’re very used to the process of using an AED.”
This was the second such training event for students put off by St. John Ambulance. Training was previously offered, in November, at Holy Trinity High School in Torbay, where an AED had been purchased and installed.
The course was offered at no cost to the students or the school.
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