2017-05-19 / Local News

Granard students taught life-saving methods

Lifestyles and Features Editor

Sixth grade students at Granard Middle School went home with a little extra homework Thursday.

After completing a short course in hands-only CPR and how to use an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), Lorraine Calwile, CPR Training Coordinator with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, told students to teach their parents and siblings what CPR stands for, how to perform CPR and how to revive someone if they are choking.

Spartanburg Regional has been teaching the life-saving methods to students in schools across Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties for more than 10 years.

“We hope the students will never have to use what they are learning today, but if they ever are in an emergency situation, they have the skills,” said Calwile.

Hands-only CPR is a simpler version of CPR that is easier for most people to learn, especially children.

“Hands-only CPR focuses solely on doing chest compressions,” she said. “People shy away from mouth-to-mouth CPR because they are worried about germs or don’t know how to do it correctly. If someone can just perform hands-only, it can help save a life.”

Students also learned how to use an AED, a portable device that sends an electric shock to the heart when a person goes into cardiac arrest.

“Every minute someone is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases seven to 10 percent,” said JT Smith, a nurse with the chest pain center at Spartanburg Regional. “Using an AED can help buy time before EMS arrives and save someone’s life.”

All Cherokee County schools have been equipped with AEDs since last year, thanks to a partnership with The Timken Foundation and The Spartanburg Regional Foundation.

Calwile hopes the students will take what they learned from the hands-only CPR class and teach others.

“When the students teach others how to perform hands-only CPR, it is not only equipping someone else with the life-saving skills, but also refreshing their memory of how to do it,” she said.

To learn how to perform hands-only CPR, check out the video on Spartanburg Regional’s YouTube site www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX0Egr_KDlI.

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