Re: CPR Requirement removed for Lifesaving MB
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sun, 8 Oct 1995 22:40:22 GMT
Bruce E. Coburn wrote:
>I think that if a person (scout, adult, nonscout, etc.) cares about the
>ability to administer CPR then he will take it upon himself to maintain his
I concur. In my troop, we have a Red Cross First Aid/CPR course once
per year at our troop meeting place. This course is open to all Scouts,
parents, family members and leaders. Our philosophy is that it does no
harm to expose our Scouts to first aid and CPR, and it might just be
instrumental in saving somebody' life in the future.
INHO, age alone is a terrible standard for determining who may or may
not be permitted to take a CPR course. In our small troop, we had a
12 year old Scout who wore one of my uniforms. I am 6' tall (180cm)
and weigh about 250 pounds (~114kg). My Scout was my height and weighed
roughly 240 pounds (~109.5kg). He was fat, but also very muscular. He
was easily able to administer CPR.
Another of our Scouts is about 4'8" tall (132cm), 13 1/2 years old,
and weighs about 80 pounds (~36.4kg). He struggles hard to administer
compressions. His CPR technique is excellent, but his ability to
administer CPR for any substantial period of time is questionable.
So, do we deny the big Scout the opportunity the opportunity to learn
CPR because he is only 12 years old and the other based upon his age
and physical size? I think not.
In our troop, we believe that if one of our Scouts is confronted with
a situation that calls for administering CPR and nobody else is
available, he is infinitely preferable to having nobody on-scene at
all who can do so. BTW, the median response time of the paramedics in
our city to an emergency call is about 3-5 minutes after a telephone
call has been received by the Ventura County emergency response center,
so even my small Scout could conceivably make the difference between a
person living or dying in the few minutes that he is able to administer
Thus, even if a Scout of ours is unable to immediately become certified
in CPR, owing to his physical size, he _is_ exposed to the technique
several times before he becomes physically big enough. Likewise, we
regard the Red Cross first aid syllabus as an excellent introduction
to first aid. We still teach the first aid for the Tenderfoot, Second
Class, and First Class ranks, and First Aid merit badge as separate
training. Thus, for us, the Red Cross first aid course is preparatory
and supplementary to Boy Scout first aid training.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
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