Students Teach Cpr To Teachers

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At a recent Payson High School in-service meeting, students taught approximately 30 Payson High School teachers that head tilts are not signs of daydreaming and chin lifts are not signs of defiance.

The lifts are what a person who knows cardiopulmonary resuscitation uses to open the airway of a person who is not breathing.

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Health Occupations Student Association members gave up half a Saturday to become CPR certified before offering the class to teachers.

"Teaching the teachers how to save someone else's life was a fun activity," sophomore Meha Sharma said. "They were cooperative, paid attention and seemed to enjoy the training a lot."

Sharma is a member of HOSA, the Health Occupations Student Association.

The 11 girls and four boys in the club are considering a variety of professions from veterinary school to medical research. At this point, Sharma plans on a biotechnology or pharmacy career, while another sophomore, Kaitlin Murphy, wants to become a pediatric nurse.

The nationally recognized club is new to the Payson campus for the 2006-2007 school year. Through HOSA, students are able to explore not only specific health careers, but develop leadership, teamwork and people skills critical to an industry with a shortage of workers.

The CPR class was sponsored by the American Heart Association, Mogollon Health Alliance and the Payson Fire Department.

"This was our community awareness project," said Cynthia Pool, PHS science teacher and facilitator of HOSA.

"In addition to adult and infant CPR, teachers learned the Heimlich Maneuver and the proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)," Murphy said.

An AED is a device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and tells the user to deliver a shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The AED may help the patient's heart re-establish its natural rhythm.

There are two AEDs on the PHS campus.

As a follow-up project to the CPR training, HOSA hopes to raise money for AEDs in schools and around the community.

"These are all excellent, very dedicated students," Pool said.

"This is the first time ever for students teaching faculty and it's great," Dan Bramble, a supervisor from the American Heart Association, told the teachers at the training.

HOSA members took pictures of their teachers giving chest compressions to dummies as part of the scrapbook they plan to enter in the state HOSA competition in the spring.

Competition categories also include prepared and extemporaneous speeches and health-care posters with supporting pamphlets.

Disaster preparedness in the United States is the subject of this year's bio-medical debate.

Stem cell research and junk food in public schools are the researched persuasive speech topics.

Mogollon Health Alliance gives the club $6,000 per year to attend state and federal HOSA competitions.

Membership is open to any local high school student with an interest in a health-related career.

More information about HOSA, visit www.hosa.org.

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