News Release: Student Life

Aug. 19,  2009

Freshmen Learn How to Save a Life

News Article ImageEmory freshmen learn CPR techniques

The first lesson Emory freshmen will learn on campus may be the most important one of all: How to save a life.

For the second consecutive year, Emory’s Emergency Medical Services will offer CPR training for the entire freshman class. Emory EMS trained more than 700 freshmen last year during orientation (almost two-thirds of the class), and their goal this year is a minimum of 800 students.

The hour-long “CPR Anytime Training!” includes individual dummies for hands-on practice and teaches students the skills involved in performing CPR. Students also learn basic AED usage techniques and the steps involved in activating an emergency response. The event takes place Sunday, Aug. 23 at 8:15 p.m. in the Woodruff P.E. Center.

“Our goal is make Emory the first university to have all of its students trained in the basics of CPR. We want to make the student population realize that they can make a difference too, and can learn the minimum skills to save a person’s life,” says Alexandra Amaducci, chief of Emory EMS and a senior majoring in neuroscience. "We also want to create awareness that we exist and make students feel comfortable about calling on Emory EMS when they need us.”

The freshman CPR training is one of many acts of community service organized by Emory EMS. The student-run, volunteer force of 50 provides 24/7 EMS coverage for campus as a unit of the Emory Police Department. No mere volunteers, these students are certified EMT professionals who complete a yearlong class of 260-plus hours of training, beyond the 200 hours required by the state.

The students work in two-person teams on eight-hour shifts around the clock with a supervisor. Volunteer supervisors (who are also students), are on call in 24-hour shifts, and often put in 40 hours a week or more. 

The event is hosted by Emory EMS, in partnership with the Emory Student Government Association, Office of Residence Life and Student Health and Counseling Services.

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