Chapman Heights Elementary School students trained in hands-only CPR
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Yucaipa’s Chapman Heights Elementary School were trained in hands-only CPR last week thanks to an initiative by Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health. More than 800 students at the elementary school participated in CPR training last week with instruction provided by Life Support Education as part of Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Allied Health Professions. Instructors, staff and volunteers from Life Support Education, Loma Linda University’s Medical Simulation Center and local city firefighters participated in the exercise.
Louis Kelly, AHA instructor and BLS instructor coordinator at Life Support Education, said this event was the first in the region and possibly in the nation. Kelly, and Andy Anderson, principal at Chapman Heights Elementary School, noted that this opportunity has been phenomenal.
“We wanted to teach our kids to save a life and challenge others in our nation to do the same,” Kelly said. “Though these kids are small, we are teaching them the skills and know how to tell an adult how to do CPR if needed.”
Cindi Crosby, PTA president said the students were receptive to the CPR training and responded with excitement and energy. “I hope they can take what they learned and apply it whenever needed,” Crosby said.
Yucaipa Mayor Dick Riddell along with Cali Binks, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) superintendent, Eric Vreeman, EdD, assistant superintendent for educational services, Patricia Ingram, YCJUSD board president and David Lopez, EdD, RCP, RRT, department chair of cardiopulmonary sciences at LLU School of Allied Health Professions attended the CPR instruction and festivities.
Mayor Riddell presented Lopez with an honorary certificate on behalf of the city of Yucaipa in recognition of LLU’s commitment to educate and help local communities in health care safety. Life Support Education is currently in the process to partner with Redlands Unified School District and Indian Springs High School for future CPR training events.