Every year at Laramie High School Jane Ackerman teaches students the basic principles of emergency medicine.

Through the semester the students learn the basic of emergency medicine and the many jobs associated with it.

“When I first signed up for the class I really had no clue what I was getting myself into, but now that I have been in the class for a while I am very glad I took it because I think it is important for people to know what to do in emergency situations and it is a good class if you want to work in the medical field,” Karissa Moore said.

Karissa Moore is currently a senior at LHS and is enrolled in the Emergency Medical Response class.

As the semester goes on the students learn about being the first on scene, different branches of paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. They also learn the beginnings of simple emergency care along with every day medical care.

Towards the end of the semester all the students will be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Being certified as an EMR can get them many things and they are allowed to put it on any job resumes or applications.

“I am really looking forward to being trained and certified in CPR because it is something that I will always need to know and it will look good on any resume or anything I apply for later in my life, and I think that it is something that every person should know. What I’m looking forward to the most after being certified is getting my EMR training card,” Moore said.

By the end of the semester all the students will complete the units and take the tests and become a certified emergency medical responder and have a card to prove it.

“I really enjoy the way that Ms. Ackerman teaches the class, it is a very hands on class and she really explains everything in great detail and if you don’t understand it she slows everything down and makes sure everyone gets it,” Moore said.

The class works its way through the EMR textbook, and the class will go over 32 units all the way from how to apply small bandages all the way to fixing a major chest wound and delivering a baby.

The last 2 weeks of the semester they get to work with the dummies and put all the skills you learned to the test. This is also a time that they get put in real world situations and must figure out what is wrong with the patients and decide how to treat him.

“I’m super excited to learn all of the basics and all of the hard things, yeah I am a little scared because I heard you take a test pretty much every week but I’m mostly ready to learn everything because when I get older I want to work in the medical field and just having this on my record will look good,” Moore said.