Citizen CPR- Helps EMTs Save Lives

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For the EMT Program


EMT students enter the EMT Program certified with the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider card.  While they all have had the course, many of them do not truly understand the importance of early recognition of cardiac arrest and early CPR.

Many people tend to think that Emergency Medical Service jobs are all about going on emergency calls, but that is far from true.  EMTs and Paramedics help educate the general public, from teaching citizens the importance of learning CPR to early recognition of strokes.  Most students do not know that there is a citizen CPR level called ‘Heartsaver CPR’ and that when CPR is performed prior to rescuer arrival, the chance for successful resuscitation of the patient is greatly improved.  EMT students should know how early citizen CPR fits in with rescuer CPR to enhance survival rates.

Infographics: I would use the following infographic to ‘set the stage’ for the activity..  The infographic lists why everyone should be CPR trained.  After viewing the infographic, students could use their electronic devices to find other infographics to share with the class that would be useful to ‘spread the word’ to others on the importance of CPR.  Students could then upload the links to a Blackboard discussion page and explain why their selection could entice a layperson to become CPR certified.

Why should we learn CPR?

Video:   I would also show the following video that illustrates Heartsaver CPR.

Heartsaver CPR

After the video, I would ask them “how does the EMT fit into this scenario, what should the EMT do when they arrive on the scene where CPR is being given to the patient.  What would they do if they felt CPR was being performed incorrectly”?    

Activity:  I would divide students into groups and assign each group to write a CPR scenario that includes the initial cardiac arrest, citizen CPR, rescuer arrival, continued CPR, to transport to the hospital.  Each team would submit their scripts for accuracy.  After approval, each team would create a video to post to Vidbolt for all to view (I would create a class Vidbolt account that everyone would access).  I would ask that they comment on each team video. I would also announce that at least one team would be asked to intentionally create an inaccurate video to see if everyone catches the errors.

‘Rules of the Game’:  I would outline proper use of Netiquette.  Students will be given a handout that outlines expectations and a rubric so they know how they will be graded.  Every student would have to have a role in the video and participate equally in the planning.  As part of the exercise, students would also learn the physiology behind properly performed CPR and the benefits for the patient.

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