A large-scale lesson in CPR was provided to Amherst Steele High School students Feb. 12 so they could meet new state graduation requirements.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Ohio House Bill 113 mandated that all public high schools must provide students with training on life-saving techniques, including the use of an automatic external defibrillator.
University Hospitals paramedic Nate Gardner provided students with a step-by-step presentation on CPR as well as how to assess an emergency scene.
They also learned to give naloxone to a victim experiencing an opioid overdose.
“Get closer and closer to someone as they don’t respond,” Gardner told students. “Tap them and ask if they’re OK. If they still don’t respond, now we need to be calling for help. Say you need the help. Tell someone to call 911.”
“Sometimes we’ll see a post on Facebook saying, ‘This guy collapsed at the mall. It was pretty crazy.’ They should be calling 911,” he said.
State law allows schools to decide whether to include the training in an already existing health course or set up separate curriculum.
Students who completed certified CPR training prior to the 2017-2018 school year are not required to do so a second time.
Any student who is not certified must complete training between grades nine and 12.