Lifesaving Skills


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Program Overview

This program is designed to teach members of the community various life-saving skills such as: chest compression only-CPR, how to apply/remove a tourniquet, what to do when someone has a seizure, and the abdominal thrust maneuver. These skills will be taught at various places in the community, but focusing mainly on high school students. Lifesaving Skills will allow medical students the opportunity to serve the Phoenix community as instructors in various first aid skill. Chest Compression Only CPR (CCO-CPR) is a resuscitation method developed by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center that has been shown to improve survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest compared to traditional rescue breathing associated CPR (Bobrow et al. JAMA October 2010). Proper tourniquet application is an important skill that can mean the difference between life and death for someone with a serious bleeding injury. Furthermore, the Abdominal Thrust Maneuver is an extremely useful skill to know in order to help someone if they are choking. All of these skills can be used in your everyday life if you ever come across someone that needs assistance.

Students participating in this program will receive training in the basic medical science behind CCO-CPR, tourniquet application, and the abdominal thrust maneuver as well as the proper implementation of the techniques in the event of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and effective teaching techniques / materials with which to instruct the general population in the application of the techniques. Once students complete the basic training, they will be given access to sign up for teaching sessions. These sessions can either be in a classroom which lasts 30-60 minutes or at health fairs which can be as long as 4 hours. Our target audience is everyone in the community, no matter what age or profession. We will provide all the necessary materials before you teach your first session.

The Lifesaving Skills program provides a great opportunity for students to gain teaching experience which is valuable for the medical profession. You also participate in a community health program to increase health literacy and provide another avenue in decreasing the number of deaths due to heart disease. To become a part of our team, the leaders of this CHIP program will send out emails of upcoming training sessions. At these sessions we will provide more details about the program. After completing the training, students will receive email updates of upcoming classes for which they can sign up. We also recommend students set up their own classes to gain CHIP hours.

This video provides a brief summary of CCO CPR:

Program Leadership

Danielle Hutchens

If you are interested in holding a Lifesaving Skills first aid session, feel free to contact me!

Learning Objectives

1. Students will serve their community by sharing the lifesaving knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), applying and removing a tourniquet, the abdominal thrust maneuver, and what to do when someone has a seizure through free courses offered in a variety of locations.

2. Students will strengthen their knowledge of the physiological basis of cardiac arrest and seizures

3. Students will understand the science behind CPR, the abdominal thrust maneuver, and tourniquets.

4. Students will study and implement methods of translating basic medical science into digestible, understandable information to increase community health literacy.

5. Students will appreciate the role of the physician as not just an individual provider of health but an educator responsible for the well-being of the community at large.

6. Students will teach CCO-CPR, the abdominal thrust maneuver, and application/removal of tourniquets to under-served communities and persons.