St. John's Lutheran School educators completed extra training this week in preparation of the start of a new school year. The educators at SJS renewed their CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification to ensure they are prepared for a medical emergency. Along with the other schools in the district, St. Johns goes through CPR re-certification every 2 years. All educators in the school watch a training video on how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator) on adults, children, and infants. The video also includes instruction on performing the Heimlich maneuver, a series of abdominal thrusts to de-lodge something from an airway, on adults and children and how to assist a choking infant.
Randy Dudenbostel, certified CPR instructor from Memorial Hospital, conducts re-certification training at all the Chester schools every other year. This year it was St. John's turn to renew their training. After completion of the training video, Dudenbostel conducts a Q & A with staff to answer any other questions they may have. He reviews, in person, how to conduct CPR and use the AED and then it is the "student's" turn to demonstrate what they have learned. Each participant takes a turn performing a complete CPR sequence, 2 breaths and 30 compressions five times, on a medical manikin and then moves to the next station to perform an AED shock sequence on another medical manikin. This valuable training prepares the teachers to assist and react effectively in an emergency situation. The teachers take their training seriously knowing that the care of children is put in their hands every day, not only to educate them but to keep them safe until they return home.
Memorial is honored to be able to teach this valuable tool to our teachers so they can potentially save a life if they are ever put in that situation.