The American Red Cross – NMI Chapter is scheduled to train 1,000 high school students of the Public School System in hands-only CPR.
Through a grant from the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, the chapter will teach students lifesaving skills that will be used during cardiac emergencies.
Hands-only CPR, also called Citizen CPR, gives participants the basic knowledge and skills needed to respond during cardiac emergencies. The 30-minute course focuses on chest compression techniques without any rescue breathing.
“We are very excited to know that more people in our community will be trained in CPR,” said John Hirsh, NMI Chapter executive director. “For many years, PSS has always been a great supporter of the Red Cross, and partnering with them seemed like a perfect fit.”
Of the current CNMI population, the chapter certifies about 1,200 people yearly in first aid, CPR, and aquatics such as lifeguarding.
“Most people who experience a cardiac emergency get help from bystanders,” said Kennedy Benjamin, NMI Chapter Health & Safety Service Delivery manager. “We hope this training will better prepare our youth and help save lives.”
Through this and other lifesaving initiatives, Red Cross hopes the community will realize the importance of getting training in first aid and CPR.
The public high school population in the CNMI is close to 3,500. The chapter will train selected high school students on the three islands. The expected completion date of all the training will be December 2013. Not only will students be trained, but they will also walk away with a compression-practice tool, a wallet first aid kit, an emergency first aid guide, and a First Aid/CPR/AED ready reference skill card. (ARC)