On March 28, 2017, Mark Zaslavsky, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services Instructor, invited Upper Moreland Township Fire Firefighter/EMT, Andrew Gerth, to instruct students in Adult, Child and Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). These lifesaving measures are taken to save those in cardiac arrest. Student performed infant CPR individually and in pairs (two rescuer).
CPR requires chest compressions and rescue breaths to artificially circulate blood and ensure respirations to the vital organs with the goal of reviving and/or sustaining life until definitive medical care can be provided to the unresponsive victim. Step one is to verify that the infant is unresponsive and not breathing. Step two is give 30 chest compressions. Step three is to open the airway using a head tilt lifting of chin. Step four is to give two rescue breaths. The EASTERN students were taught that in a real-life emergency, they should continue this process until advanced medical support arrives on the scene.
“CPR has become a basic skill for all those in the Protective Services arena and is a skill
that the general public should learn,” said Mark Zaslavsky, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor. “Students knowing the requirements of CPR, how to perform it, and the procedures by age is often the difference between life and death. Mr. Gerth is an outstanding CPR instructor and the students enjoyed learning another emergency management skill.”
EASTERN’s Protective Services Program prepares students to enter careers such as to law enforcement, fire science, industrial safety, security, emergency medical services and emergency management.