Students at Laramie High School participating in health occupations class have begun their unit on learning the basics of CPR.

Health Occupations class at LHS has begun to learn about why and how to perform the lifesaving motion known as CPR, in order to further educate the class on how to act in emergency situations.

Bess Woodhouse, the health occupations teacher at LHS, focuses the course on American Heart Association (AHA) requirements. The course covers on the different styles of CPR for infants, children, and adults.

“By the end of the semester, the goal is for them to have their emergency medical responder state certificate.” Woodhouse said.

The emergency medical responder (EMR) state certificate is an assurance that the personnel is well trained in CPR, and they have the knowledge to perform CPR correctly and confidently.

Although the unit is a requirement for the class, the EMR certificate is a lasting impression on the students. The course sets students up for success in the medical field, but it helps set the up for many other job opportunities as well.

“The EMR certificate…looks really good on a resume if you’re looking to go into law enforcement or get any type of job that requires you to be in a public area.” Woodhouse said.

The course is classroom based, but eventually students will be able to practice their skills on AHA regulated mannequins. The mannequins are required provide feedback to the students while practicing their resuscitation techniques according to AHA standards.

“[This is] to let the user know that their doing compressions correctly and giving breaths correctly.” Woodhouse said.

The students learning different techniques of CPR in order to be more well-versed on the subject. They are learning the different styles of resuscitation through giving chest compressions, rescue breathing, and bag mask ventilation. Each technique is used in CPR, but bag mask ventilation is typically used by medical professionals, as it requires a bag valve mask to artificially inflate the lungs.

CPR can be performed by anyone understanding the basics of the emergency maneuver, as the required procedure is hand to chest compressions. When someone’s heart or lungs have stopped functioning the recommended amount of chest compression is between 100-120 per minute until a medical professional is able to get involved.