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Enloe, Butte County EMS train Chico High School in CPR, first aid
CHICO, Calif., Nov. 26, 2012 – Enloe Medical Center and Butte County EMS have teamed up to provide free CPR and first aid training to Chico High School students and staff in October and November. The program is part of Vallarie Jensen’s 9th through 12th grade health classes, recently updated with a more relevant, hands-on curriculum. Chico High administration encouraged Jensen’s efforts to provide CPR and first aid training to not only students, but also staff. Upon completion of training, each participant will receive CPR and First Aid cards.
Training kicked off with a two-day First Aid class for 246 students in October. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics from Butte County EMS rotated through Jensen’s classroom, covering topics such as splinting, controlling bleeding, treatment for head, neck and back injuries, assessing a victim, and how to call 911. Jensen said the ambulance crews had a “commendable attitude and the kids enjoyed it [the class] immensely.”
On Oct. 24, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 faculty and staff attended a 3.5-hour American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR evening class. Cindy Weaver, RN, from Enloe’s Education Center taught the class at the Enloe Conference Center, with 41 CHS staff members attending over the three days. The Heartsaver CPR class is designed for the layperson and teaches how to provide CPR to all ages, how to relieve choking, and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses and treats potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Training was given on the same Zoll-brand AED that is at Chico High School. Enloe provided the classes at no cost.
Students will receive the Heartsaver CPR training at Chico High on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thirty-five to 50 students per hour will rotate through the class in Chico High’s new Student Commons Area. Weaver, as well as paramedics and EMTs from Butte County EMS, all certified Basic Life Support instructors, will teach the classes. Each student who completes the two-day CPR course in November and the First Aid training in October has the opportunity to purchase a First Aid and CPR card through Butte County EMS, which will provide the training at no charge. Butte County EMS is a joint venture between Enloe Emergency Services and First Responder EMS Inc.
“Enloe and Butte County EMS have been absolutely wonderful in helping me educate my students,” Jensen said. “I have always felt that health classes should be hands on for students to appreciate making the right choices for their own health.” Her students have also recently researched health-related topics in the local and national news, such as alcohol poisoning and the meningitis outbreak, and they have explored health care careers and relevant medical issues. On Nov. 6, students received an introduction to emergency services as a career, interacting with Enloe FlightCare paramedics Kira Simon and Jim Cuneo and Emergency Room Triage Technician Teri DuBose, and receiving a tour of an ambulance. “The students appreciated learning how emergency care happens and how ambulances and the helicopter respond,” Jensen said.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.