Students in Williamsville learn hands-only CPR

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Students at Williamsville North High School learned a life-saving lesson on Tuesday.

Williamsville North is the second high school in the district to train students to perform hands-only CPR, which can save the life of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Students are also learning to use an AED.

According to the American Heart Association, CPR can increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest, but only about one-third of victims get CPR from a bystander. CPR can double or triple survival rates.

Williamsville East students have already completed their training during gym class, now students at Williamsville North are being trained by instructors from Rural Metro.

CPR Instructor Michael Zaidel said, “We can teach them how to recognize a cardiac arrest, how to call for help, how to check for signs of life, how to do hand placement and compressions on an adult, and how to activate EMS and to get the AED and how to use the AED.”

But Williamsville isn’t the only school district in Western New York to teach their students these lifesaving skills. Just last week, Grand Island taught more than 1,000 young people how to do hands-only CPR.

One teacher told News 4, she knows first hand how CPR can help save a life.

“I looked at the student. The student was blue, non-responsive. I knew within that split second I had to start CPR,” Veronica E. Connor Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne said.

Grand Island Freshman Braden Hawley said, “It’s good because we’re going to be the next grown ups and the next people to save lives so we have to know how to do it.”

Williamsville South students will be trained early next month. After that, more than 3,300 high schoolers in the Williamsville School District will be able to respond to a cardiac emergency.

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