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Pima Medical Institute Helps New Mexicans Save Lives

Posted: June 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Baker
 


Pima Medical students, faculty and staff from Albuquerque and Albuquerque West campuses spent the day teaching community members how to help save lives at Project Heart Start’s annual CPR training on June 17.
 
Each year, Pima Medical volunteers for the main event, where thousands of people have learned how to administer compression-only CPR, said Pima Medical Institute Faculty and CPR Coordinator, Jennifer Farley from the Albuquerque campus. “Throughout the year, there are also mini-trainings at senior centers, schools and other locations. It grows each year.”

Pima Medical Institute students, staff and faculty from the Albuquerque and Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho campuses volunteer at Project Heart Start. Pima Medical Institute students, staff and faculty from the Albuquerque and Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho campuses volunteer at Project Heart Start on June 17, 2017.
Participants are trained on assessing a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, calling 9-1-1, correctly performing chest compressions, recognizing the signs of a heart attack, saving someone who is choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver and using a defibrillator, if one is available. Compression-only CPR involves pushing on the center of the chest 100 times per minute “hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song ‘Stayin’ Alive,” according to Project Heart Start’s website.
 
Farley and dozens of Pima Medical students were present at one event venue, held at the University of New Mexico, where they trained more than 200 in compression-only CPR and other related skills. Project Heart Start events were also held in Rio Rancho (facilitated by Pima-Albuquerque West students, faculty and staff) and Los Lunas, N.M.
 
Medical Assistant certificate students, along with their instructors, provided blood pressure checks and glucose testing. In addition to volunteers fulfilling a variety of duties on event day, others from Pima Medical volunteered to help set up on June 16.
 
Pima Medical Institute students teach community members how to use compression-only CPR at Project Heart Start on June 17, 2017. Pima Medical Institute students teach community members how to use compression-only CPR at Project Heart Start on June 17, 2017.
“Pima Medical Institute continues to be an integral part of Project Heart Start's main objective, which is to teach the average community member life-saving skills, where seconds matter. They too, can do something rather than nothing, in order to save lives,” Farley said.
 





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