In the last few days of March, Averill Park High School health teacher Mrs. Olga Ashline, in conjunction with Sand Lake Ambulance paramedic Robbie MacCue, trained over 120 APHS health students in the vital skill of CPR and the use of the school’s four AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
According to the American Hearth Association, about 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
When bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.
Since December of 2009, Mrs. Ashline and the Sand Lake Ambulance have trained a over 1,300 APHS students in CPR.