Silverado seniors learn CPR

Hawks learn how to save a life
Posted on 05/13/2019

VICTORVILLE — About 500 Silverado High School seniors will take a life-saving skill with them when they graduate later this month.

The Hawks recently hosted a CPR training for all of their seniors at the school’s football stadium. The training was conducted by the Victorville Fire Department and American Medical Response along with students from Silverado’s medical classes.    

“This partnership with AMR and Victorville Fire was a great opportunity for our students,” Silverado Principal Heather Conkle said. “This is a skill that could literally be a lifesaver one day.”

The students learned in groups of 100 at a time. They were taught to do chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees hit “Stayin’ Alive” — which has a tempo similar to a human heartbeat.

The lessons taught hands-only CPR, a method that does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Experts say that if an adult collapses due to a cardiopulmonary emergency, bystanders should first call 911 and then administer CPR. It can double or triple the patient’s chance of survival.

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