CPR and CAB…oh and AED!

Just a couple of the terms learned during the CPR course taken yesterday at the Rocky Point Volunteer EMS & Rescue Station.  There were seven 4-H members participating along with two 4-H club leaders and myself, the 4-H Agent!  As much as I am around youth, I thought it was a good idea to take it as well!  All of the youth from the Holly Shelter 4-H Club (shooting sports) were present along with their two club leaders as well as some members-at-large.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR was the primary skill taught during the course. Participants learned how to give CPR on adults, children, and infants.  The acronym, CAB was taught to help participants remember the steps to CPR:

  • Compression
  • Airway
  • Breathe

Participants practiced CPR skills on adult, child, and infant dummies to simulate what it would be like to give CPR in real life.

Participants learned to give 30 compressions per 2 breaths and in that order for 5 cycles, which equals 2 minutes.  After 2 minutes, you need to switch with someone else that knows CPR so you can rest and your compressions are effective.  We learned to give compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive and Another One Bites The Dust.  Those songs are easy to remember and help you maintain a rhythm that is needed to properly give CPR.  Another part of CPR, is using an automated external defibrillator or AED.  We learned that there are 48 AEDs located in Pender County alone.  An AED is an apparatus used to produce defibrillation by application of brief electroshock to the heart, directly or through electrodes placed on the chest wall and can be used by anyone as they are automated and easy to use.

This photo shows a child dummy along with an AED (yellow/black box).

In addition to learning CPR, participants also learned how to help an adult, child, or infant that is choking.  Choking is the number one reason that infants need CPR, and for adults it is health history according to our instructor.

All participants passed their skills test and are now certified to give CPR!  I would recommend this course to anyone, it is very basic and easy to learn, and who knows, you could save a life one day!


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