COPPERAS COVE, TX — At Copperas Cove High, Rebecka Shuffler is preparing all 103 Health Science Theory students for their official CPR certification.
“About 46 percent of the time CPR is needed, it is done by a bystander and I feel better knowing that my students have the knowledge and skills to be able to help if the need were to arise,” Shuffler said.
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an air circulation intervention that can result in improved outcomes for those suffering from cardiac arrest.
However, students at CCHS are not practicing via mouth-to-mouth. Rather, students like senior Alaura Gallup hold a mask tightly to a practice manikin's face. From there, the air is squeezed from a bag to be pushed into the manikin's lungs.
Instructor Shuffler has stated the manikins are cleaned with hospital-grade germicidal wipes; that of which, meet the EPA's criteria for use against SARS & COVID-19.
In order to obtain the certification, students must pass a written exam with at least 84 percent accuracy and pass their skills testing with at least 80 percent accuracy.
"This course typically costs $60-$80, but is free to CCHS students. The only out-of-pocket expense for students is $6 for the card itself, as that is the fee directly from the AHA,” Shuffler said.
While all Shuffler's students take American Heart Associations' court and test, they are not required to purchase the $6 certification card.
However, the card "is" a requirement for all students visiting the clinics, hospitals and nursing homes in other CCHS certification courses such as Certified Nursing Assistant & Certified Medical Assistant. In addition, this certification is required for employment in healthcare facilities.
Senior Nigel Freeman plans to pass the tests with top scores and receive his certification card from the AHA.
“I want to be able to save someone’s life-period,” Freeman said.
More than 475,000 people will die of cardiac arrest according to the American Heart Association.