Photo: Students demonstrating CPR Anytime are (from left): Marta Jasperson (left) and Kassie Ehrman (right) and CPR & First Aid Training Coordinator Diane Wetzstein.
During sudden cardiac arrest, the first few minutes can have a significant impact on a person’s outcome. That’s why Hudson Hospital & Clinic provides important CPR skills for Hudson Middle School students. On December 3 & 4, a total of 434 sixth graders learned valuable CPR instruction as part of their health classes. CPR Instructors from Hudson Hospital & Clinic provided instruction and hands-on training using the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime learning kits. Hudson Hospital’s CPR outreach program has been in existence for the last five years training over 2,000 students in the lifesaving skill of CPR. Funding to purchase the kits was provided through grants to Hudson Hospital Foundation by the Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
“We are most fortunate to have such a wonderful community connection with Hudson Hospital & Clinic. The 6th grade students at Hudson Middle School were impressed and grateful for the generosity of the Andersen Foundation grant that allowed each of them to take home a training kit for CPR. Not only did they learn how to perform CPR, they have a gift to give their families that goes above and beyond the classroom,” says Susan Dahl, Hudson Middle School health instructor. Students learned the core skills of CPR with their own personal kits during class and were instructed to go home and train family and friends with their kits so that even more people can be trained in the lifesaving skills of CPR. Health teachers at Hudson Middle School include: Susan Dahl, Tim Scharfenberg, Aaron Moen, Amy Mueller and Ryan Jamieson.
Less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive immediate CPR from bystanders before the arrival of EMS, yet bystander CPR can more than double a person’s chance of survival. Diane Wetzstein, CPR and First Aid Training Coordinator, Hudson Hospital & Clinic says, “In an effort to keep continuity in the community in terms of training, from citizen responder to EMT, to hospital personnel, selected personnel from within the district will become trained as American Heart Association CPR instructors in 2014, so that they may train district employees in CPR. Hudson Hospital will provide the AHA CPR instructor training.”