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Blackduck Health students learn about CPR

A student in Mrs. Morine's class are practicing compressions and the other is applying an AED.1 / 3
Blackduck Ambulance Manager Molly Rucinski goes over the functions of the heart, both mechanical and electrical.2 / 3
Blackduck Ambulance Manager Molly Rucinski discussed the meaning of cardiac arrrest, Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, the use of an automated external defibrillator and how to help someone who appears to be in cardiac arrest.3 / 3

Barb Morine's eighth grade Health class at Blackduck High School was treated to an annual visit from the Blackduck Ambulance for some hands on training. Eleven students participated in the class, which brings in members of the ambulance service each spring to educate and give the kids knowledge to help someone in cardiac arrest and possibly save a life. There is NO excuse why EVERY person shouldn't know cpr.

Students were taught how to try to wake up the patient, directing passersby to call 9-1-1 and get an AED, check for breathing, initiating chest compressions and applying an AED and using it correctly.

Statistics say good CPR compressions and early defibrillation are a person's best chance of survival of cardiac arrest.

Every year 6-8,000 school-age children die of SCA (sudden cardiac arrest); 300,000 adults in the United States alone.

Many public places have AED's (schools, churches, malls, airports, etc.) The equipment is only as good and useful as the people who know how to use it.

Rucinski told the students to remember: the number one key to survival is PREVENTION - a healthy diet, adequate exercise, saying NO to drugs and alcohol.