CPR & First Aid for Young Adults

Students learn CPR with a dummy

The UK Resuscitation Council, ERC and many charities are campaigning to have first aid taught in schools. Most schools have reacted the same way: "Great idea, but who's going to pay for it?"

We agree that these organisations are on to something. Interviews with emergency medical professionals indicate that children are sometimes the most proactive and effective lay first aiders. In a recent news article, 9-year-old Tristan saved his sister's life after she fell into a pool and was pulled out not breathing. He snapped into action and revived her using CPR he learned from a movie on television. By offering a free first aid programme for schools, ProTrainings have made this goal a reality.

Secondary school students are prime candidates for performing CPR because they still have the general boldness of young children while being strong enough to perform compressions. Studies have shown that 83% of secondary-schoolers are very willing to provide bystander CPR. 86% of these students support mandatory CPR training in secondary school.

Young People in the News

Boy saves Sister with CPR, learned from 'Black Hawk Down'

Black Hawk Down movie poster

After seeing the movie Black Hawk Down, a nine-year-old boy was able to save the life of his sister. After watching a scene in the movie which demonstrated CPR, he asked his parents to teach him the technique. When his sister's life was in jeopardy, he snapped into action without really thinking about what he was doing.

Tristan Saghin wants to be a medic when he grows up. His two-year-old sister, Brooke, fell into a swimming pool and wasn't breathing when her mom pulled her out of the water. Tristan quickly urged their grandmother to call 911 as he began CPR.

"You don't expect that to ever come to a place where it saves your daughter," Saghin says. "He feels proud that he did it, and we tell him, 'We're real proud of you.' "


Two Teenagers saved Lives with CPR they learned in School

A backyard pool next to a patio

Sixteen-year-old Ayantu Kumburo and her friend Mubarek Muhammedsede, 13, were playing basketball around the pool with others when they heard cries for help and splashing. Two younger children, a 13 year old and a 9 year old, were swimming and had ventured to the deep end and had started to drown. Sixteen-year-old Ayantu Kumburo ran to the pool and jumped in, diving toward the bottom to pull the younger nine-year-old out. He was at the bottom of the pool. She then called for her friend to help get the older boy out of the pool.

The teens started CPR on the boys using what they learned in school. While it was scary for them, they only knew that they wanted to help. When police arrived, the eldest of the pair was awake and talking.

Learning CPR in school was a vital part in saving lives that day in Sioux Falls.


CPR-trained Students save life of School Employee

An institutional academic building behind sprawling landscape in autumn

A pair of undergrads at Northeastern University saved the life of a school employee who had collapsed on a field where they were practicing with their Ultimate Frisbee club. Danielle Pesko and Samantha Cook rushed to the aid of the facilities department employee, Jake, who was motionless after collapsing. They saw him on the ground, rushed over, and immediately began CPR.

They said that it was kind of surreal, but had trained for a situation such as this so many times that they had the confidence they needed to know what to do. Danielle Pesko had learned CPR as a lifeguard. Samantha Cook had learned it as part of a health sciences course, where it is required as part of the curriculum.

They were also glad that they both knew what they were doing, because CPR is physically difficult, but it is much easier to handle with more people involved.

EMTs arrived quickly and took over with their equipment. The CPR the students had given was expertly executed, as the man was able to return to his wife and family.