Re: CPR training
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Fri, 15 Sep 1995 04:44:03 -0700
CPR training is important. As a physician, I must remain certified in
order to retain hospital credentials. As a student and resident, I spent
much of my copious free time teaching CPR as a Red Cross Instructor, and
training others to serve as Red Cross FA and CPR instructors.
Nevertheless, I have some concern about these requirements. The ideal,
in my opinion, would be to have the boys pass an American Heart
Association or Red Cross course. The problem is that many local chapters
will not accept a boy younger than about 15 into their standard courses.
In addition, it is difficult for the less physically developed boys (and
many grown women) to deliver adequate compression using the techniques
approved. While there is a positioning which makes it easier to deliver
the requisite compression over a prolonged period, you can't teach it
currently under these programs. Finally, of course, many of us don't
have an "Annie" lying around the house.
Hence, the basic objectons are:
1. We, in the Scouting program, are unlikely to offer the degree of
training which the topic deserves.
2. We shouldn't have MB requirements that we are not going to
adhere to rigorously.
3. Finally, in this case, we have no provision for a recertification
Hence, my question for the group is:
Should we really be in the business of requiring CPR for MB's, or should
we be leaving this to the Red Cross and American Heart Association?
Timothy J. O'Leary, M.D.
CM Pack 1072, CC Troop 772
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City