RALEIGH – Eager students spent their Saturday learning how to perform basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on adults in a semi-annual educational event.
Dr. Olive Lamm, director of The Little Medical School of Greater Raleigh and a trained emergency room physician, taught 20 middle-school students in a Super Saturday course at Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Elementary School.
The event, hosted by the gifted support group PAGE of Wake County, is home to classes on a range of topics beyond the CPR training, including hydraulic limbs, self-portraits and bee-keeping.
Lamm’s class, which included practice on dummies and a CPR certificate for attendees, drew a crowd of students who wanted to learn about this life-saving technique.
“We learn about CPR for adults because it’s more common than infants,” Lamm said. “Anyone can encounter someone who needs CPR, and in the class you learn what to do.”
The CPR training teaching the children how to ensure someone needs help. They also practice checking someone’s pulse and doing chest compressions in addition to talking about how to let others know how to help. Because people often will watch someone trying to help in an emergency, Lamm said it is important for people who know CPR to be able to ask for help, whether it’s for a stool to be positioned in the right place to perform CPR or for a call in to 911 for professional help, anyone trying to save a life should feel comfortable telling others what is needed.
“Don’t be shy about asking bystanders who are watching to help you,” Lamm said. She works to teach her students to be be confident in their abilities despite their age. “You can’t do it all yourself.”
Lamm, who scaled back her full-time work practicing medicine, cites her love of teaching others to be confident and knowledgeable about healthy choices as the motivation for teaching these classes. Through classes like the one she taught at Super Saturday, more people are learning valuable life-saving skills.
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