4-H & First Aid: Developing an Involved Citizen

WARRENSBURG The 4-H youth development program of Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Warren County hosted a first aid & CPR certification program for youth members and related leaders. Eleven youth and three leaders attended the program held on Saturday, January 12 at Extensions Education Center in Warrensburg. The program covered typical first aid scenarios with plenty of hands-on learning as each youth was required to demonstrate basic splint use and creation. The CPR program was more in-depth as both standard manual CPR and the use of an AED (automatic electronic defibrillator) was also covered in the program. Did you know that for each minute a person who does not have a regular heart rhythm and does not receive CPR or use of a defibrillator the chance of survival decreases by 10%? According to Glens Falls based certified first-aid & CPR instructor, Scott Richards. AED devices are becoming more and more common in vehicles, public buildings, and other areas where people gather. However, the defibrillator can not work alone, someone needs to know how to operate the machine and be willing to attach the pads. Class participants also learned that standard CPR should also be administered after the use of the AED in standard repetitions of 2 breaths and 30 chest compressions. This is to prime the pump as Mr. Richards pointed out. The youth who attended the program come from a variety of 4-H backgrounds including Shooting Sports, the 4-H Adirondack Guides, and a variety of clubs. First Aid & CPR certification are part of the Guides requirements to rise through the levels of skill development. Seven of the eleven youth who attended are Guide members The program also included discussion about what a good Samaritan was obligated to do and what a good person should do. Of course, a 4-H member should set the example by being willing to help out if it does not endanger them. This program and several others provide the skills and confidence to do that. What else is 4-H up to? Give John or Shawn a call and find out for yourself or find out how to enroll your child at 668-4881 or jfb32@cornell.edu .

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