My last comments on CPR
Jon D. Lyksett (jlykset@EIS.CALSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 12 Mar 1993 10:41:05 -0800
Since we've been around and around about this over the last two weeks or
so, and there still seems to be questions, I want to restate a point or
two from the point of view of an instructor, not a Scouter.
1. The FOUR hour CPR course (Red Cross, I can't speak for the Heart
Associaiton, but I think curricula are similar) is ONE person, ADULT CPR
skills. The EIGHT hour course (called Community CPR by ARC) covers the
techniques used on infants and juveniles. This is the course required by
BSA lifeguard (or should I say the skills are required).
2. IMHO, the BSA should let the organizations that teach these skills
determine what the standards are for competency. It seems to me that the
Red Cross and AHA are continually updating their curricula for good
reason, sinc there is an international body that researches the techniques
and new developments. Red Cross instructors are now undergoing a complete
recertification process, due by the end of this year.
3. I agree with the post (sorry I don't remember who-a paramedic/instructor)
that said that he had seen cases where the poor techniques had caused
problems and that certification was done immediately after practice and
instruction. That is why certification is required YEARLY.
In conclusion, CPR is a vital skill that must be taught properly and by
knowledgable personnel. Using a basketball (as shown in BOYS LIFE) can
provide an idea of the skills but is NO SUBSTITUTE for training on a
manikin. If you are going to do three hours of training, DO FOUR. Have
an instructor come in and CERTIFY!! I know there a lot of differences in
costs, policies, and procedures from chapter to chapter in the Red Cross,
but are you willing to put a $$$ value on life.
Have a good weekend everyone,
Jon D. Lyksett Videographer, Teacher, Scouter, Climber
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