City Bus Drivers Upgrade Their CPR Knowledge

September 20, 2012Comments Off on City Bus Drivers Upgrade Their CPR Knowledge

As soon as a person starts to learn how to walk, more and more of his or her time would be spent outside of his own home. These trips outside of the home could include a short walk to the park or the bakery, a long-distance trip to grandma, or a simple commute as you go to work. That being the case, the chance of something bad happening to him while outside of his own home greatly increases. This is probably the reason why responders and paramedics typically attend to cardiac arrest victims who are on their way to work, on their way home, or while inside their office.

Charlottesville is one of the cities who have come up with a way of dealing with the aforementioned situation. For one, The Charlottesville School has recently taken the lead and decided to come up with an expanded training for bus drivers when it comes to performing CPR. The move came about after one driver had to do first aid in a boy who was choking from a hard candy.

The move by The Charlottesville School, however, is not the first of its kind. The drivers of the  Logan-Rogersville R-8 School District have, since last year, already  encouraged their bus drivers to undergo medical training. This training covered such areas as CPR, first aid, and the use of AED, or the Automated External Defibrillator. This is to ensure that students who take their service are kept safe while on the road. Mind you, this is not something that is a requirement set by the state but, rather, a concerted efforts on the part of the schools, the drivers themselves, and the parents of the students.

So what happens now?

With more and more bus drivers being trained to administer CPR, you would no longer have a need to feel anxious and unsafe when you are on the road. Even if you have the unfortunate incident of suffering from a cardiac arrest while inside the bus, you can be sure that there is someone who can administer life-saving chest compressions.

Is learning CPR really that hard?

In truth, CPR nowadays is not that hard to administer as it was years before. With the focus now more on being able to do chest compressions up to the point where the patient gets revived, CPR has now become simpler to understand and remember. This is in light of the fact that, in the past, you have to strictly follow a set of procedure that involved administration of artificial breathing as well as checking of the airway. Today, bystanders and first responders only have to keep in mind that compressions need to be at least 5 cm in depth and should amount to as much as 100 compressions in an hour. What’s more, if you happen to have your own AED, you only have to follow the instructions being given by the machine in order to save a person’s life. Simple isn’t it?

You too can learn how to save other people’s lives. All you have to do is sign up for Citywide CPR Training and certification program.