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Senior Project: Saving Lives Through CPR

Students and adults gather inside of NP3 classroom to earn their CPR certification.

By Maisha Mostafa
Staff Writer | The Pacific Times

Senior Isabella Ochoa kicked off the new year and new term coordinating a schoolwide CPR Certification Workshop for the NP3 High School community.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, Ochoa executed her CPR Certification Workshop for her Senior Project with a huge turnout. Ochoa’s goal for the CPR Certification Workshop was to raise awareness in the NP3 High community on how CPR can save someone’s life.

CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a procedure used in emergency situations where someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped beating. In this procedure, chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation are used in order to revive the patients until further medical care.

“Someone’s life can be taken like that if you don’t know CPR,” said Ochoa.

In order to help the NP3 community become CPR-certified, Ochoa partnered with Pro-CPR, a CPR Certification organization. Through her partnership, she organized instructors to teach participants during the CPR Certification Workshop at the NP3 High campus.

“To me, it’s important because I have very personal experiences seeing people not knowing how to perform CPR and hope to try to get people to know what to do in those situations,” Ochoa said.

According to Ochoa, the workshop had trained professionals, teaching participants the different procedures required on different ages. The participants practiced on different sizes of mannequins in order to gain first-hand experience during this training.

The workshop participants were also exposed to how AED, also known as Automated External Defibrillator, is used to send an electric shock to the heart and revive patients. Along with this hands-on training, the participants engaged in video-learning, watching videos that explain the procedures thoroughly and provide techniques to handle different scenarios.

At the end of the workshop, the participants were CPR-certified for two years.

Ochoa said she plans to have the participants share what they learned during the training by teaching CPR techniques to the NP3 Middle School community.

For questions about Ochoa’s Senior Project, please contact her by email at [email protected].

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