Two people perform CPR on training dummies

CPR Trainers Go to School

In a community service outreach, NorthBay Healthcare employees went to the Matt Garcia Center & College Academy in the spring of 2016 to give many students an eye-opening exercise in hands-only CPR.

Hands-only CPR is performed without mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for use by people who see someone suddenly collapse in an out-of-hospital setting. The students' lesson focused on helping them recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke, determine if CPR is needed, and learn to perform chest-compressions until help can arrive. The instructors stressed that the first step in any rescue attempt is to call 9-1-1.

“I'm tired. This is really hard!” groaned one student as he continued the chest compressions on a CPR mannequin.

“Don't slow down. Keep going,” coached Lacy DeQuattro, simulation lab coordinator at NorthBay Healthcare.

“It's important for students of any age to recognize the signs and know the basics of what to do in an emergency situation,” College and career advisor Markie Gilmore said.