Clear Creek High School Hosts First CPR Training Day for Students

Clear Creek High School Hosts First CPR Training Day for Students
Posted on 04/16/2019
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Close to 600 freshman students at Clear Creek High School are now skilled in saving a life after participating in the school’s first “CPR Day.”

The event brought together students, staff and more than 60 volunteers from different health care career fields across the community. Rotations included cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training, choking response training, health care career booths, and real-life testimonials from first responders and survivors.

The school’s administration and Houston Methodist Clear Lake Outreach Athletic Trainers, Kristin Salinas and Allison Berry, saw the importance in organizing an event to educate and train students on these topics after the school experienced multiple emergencies over the last few years.

“Two years ago, CPR was performed on a spectator at one of our football games,” said Principal Jamey Majewski. “Last year, we had a student’s heart stop on campus and an AED was applied. These individuals are with us today due to the fact that someone nearby was trained in life-saving techniques, so that was our overall goal with CPR Day.”

Matthew Barcelo was a freshman when he suddenly collapsed on the basketball court last year. Athletic Trainer Kristin Salinas was notified that the student was unconscious, and she responded with an AED and began CPR. She was able to resuscitate him until EMS arrived.

“Every day is a blessing that I get to see my athlete who was given a second chance,” said Salinas. “He has a new outlook on life. He has since learned the skills that saved him and has been able to share his story at CPR Day about the importance of CPR and how to use an AED.”

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

“Every second counts,” said Salinas. “You never know when a life-threatening emergency will occur and when these skills will be needed. After CPR Day, I found comfort waking up knowing that the freshman students we trained now know how to save a life, and that is an invaluable feeling.”

Principal Majewski stated that after seeing the success of the event thanks to the support of staff and community volunteers, the school plans on hosting it every year for the freshman class.

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