By Roshiley Tilystak, Nursing Coordinator
On Saturday 12th of November, twelve WISS staff signed up to be trained to save lives. On that day we learned different skills including CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), First-Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use.
You never know when you will witness someone collapse, or, if you are in the vicinity of a vehicular accident, or, find someone drowning in the pool. For individuals surrounded by young and old every day at home and in the workplace, CPR and first aid are essential skills to learn.
For parents like me, it is great to know that the school where my children spend most of their time have trained staff that know how to provide care in case of an emergency both life threatening and non-life threatening. “I think it is very important to learn and know CPR and First aid (and feel that when working with students one should have these skills). To have the knowledge and ability to help someone with minor to major injuries or illnesses is a key for them to survive or get back to their regular condition of health,” says Terri Mosher, Secondary Teacher.
Learning how to provide CPR and First-Aid care is fun and made easy for the lay rescuers. “The best part of the training was the hands-on activities such as compressions, rescue breathing, and interactions of the AED. Also the trainings were developed at an accurate rate in order to get the most information from a limited span of time,” comments Brian Dittman, Secondary Teacher.
Learning CPR, does not only teach you how to provide chest compression and/or rescue breathing. During the training, the staff learned how to assess the scene, how to use barriers to prevent infection, how to use AED, and many other topics.
The second part of our training was for First-Aid. The staff learned how to bandage a wound, help someone use an epi-pen, how to treat severe bleeding, shock and those with suspected injury.
Learning how to recognize life threatening and non-life threatening condition may just save someone’s life. “It helps us evaluate an emergency situation and act more efficiently on a priority basis. When you have children or an older at home, or you work with children, it is a must” says Sumona Sinha, Admissions Officer.
We never know when we will need to use these skills, and it’s good to know that WISS puts not only the student’s education in priority but also their health and safety!