At the beginning of the 2019 school year, the ninth graders of Crossett High School participated in a session where they learned how to perform hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation — CPR.

The students also learned about Automated External Defibrillators, devices which are used to help those experiencing cardiac arrest. Shawna Hawkins, a nurse from the Ashley County Medical Center, and the CHS nurse, Jenny Hammons, taught the session in the auditorium of the high school.

After listening to a lecture, students were given the opportunity to perform hands-only CPR using a human-like doll. They were also instructed on how to use an AED. Students did not become CPR certified during this training. 

An Arkansas law passed in the 2014-2015 school year made it a high school graduation requirement for students to have received CPR and AED training.  Hammons said CPR is a very useful skill to learn.

“The more people that know CPR or hands-only-CPR, the more lives that can be saved,” she said. “CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.”

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