Pasadena High School Mass CPR Training Preps Freshmen for Life’s Unexpected Events

Pasadena High School Mass CPR Training Preps Freshmen for Life’s Unexpected Events
Posted on 04/20/2015

AED training

Nearly 700 freshmen at Pasadena High school are now equipped with the skills that could one day save someone’s life.

In its second year, mass CPR training is sponsored by the school’s sports medicine department, district athletic trainers, along with several local organizations throughout Pasadena. The training provides PHS students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid skills.

Throughout the day, students learned CPR compressions, automated external defibrillator use, how to assist choking victims and what to expect when calling 911. Students met inspiring role models from the Pasadena Fire Department, EMS and others with CPR experience who talked to students about life as a first responder.

The training not only empowered students to step forward and help save a life, but it also fulfills a Texas law that requires students be exposed to CPR training before they graduate.

“The minimum requirement for CPR training is to show an instructional video in class, but I thought let’s actually teach them,” Jeremy Jackson, PHS athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor said.  “I’ve been teaching my athletic trainers CPR for years and I always hear at least one story about how they used it in the real world. If one out of twenty students saved someone imagine how many lives could be saved if 700 students were trained”

The students participating were excited to learn a new skill.

“I really enjoyed learning about how to do CPR,” PHS freshman Leslie Pina said. “I feel confident that I could use this in real life if I needed to.”

The district partnered with numerous local organizations to make this learning initiative possible, including the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools Program, the Pasadena Health Center, the Pasadena Fire Department and EMS, East Texas Medical Center, the Coast Guard and Memorial Hermann who had representatives there to talk to students.

After a generous donation last year from long-time American Heart Association volunteer and Pasadena Health Center CEO, John Sweitzer and a mini grant from the Pasadena Education Foundation PHS was able to purchase mannequins and AED trainers to better instruct the students.

“We are hoping in the future to expand this program to all of the high schools and move to a larger facility,” Jackson said. “It will be a lot of work, but I feel like we could make it happen one day.”