Two teachers at a high school saves the life of a student with CPR. The teachers are recognized for saving the life of a grade 8 student.
Saving the life of a student
The student went into cardiac arrest during gym class at Southern Okanagan Secondary School. According to teacher Steve Podmorow, the children were getting ready to pack up and get changed and get onto their next class when the young fellow collapse.
Podmorow along with fellow teacher Mike Russo who is also a volunteer firefighter in Oliver, jumped in to help. It was a nerve wracking experience since it is a real serious situation. There was also no early warning of any medical distress.
The teachers not only utilized their CPR skills, but also an automated external defibrillator (AED) that hangs on the wall just outside the gymnasium.
According to Russo, the AED has all the prompts and walks you through the process. It is vital to make sure that you are performing good CPR.
The startled students watched as Russo and Podmorow worked on the student. Podmorow was on the line with a 911 dispatcher until the arrival of the paramedics. The boy was flown to B.C. Children’s Hospital. According to the superintendent of the Okanagan-Similkameen school district, the boy is out of the intensive care unit and recovering.
Enroll in a first aid course
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that significantly improves the chances of survival. It is recommended to enroll in a first aid course to be prepared during emergencies.
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