On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, our HCOP high school cohort had the privilege of attaining their Basic Life Support (BLS) certification in conjunction with Creighton University's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education department and the American Heart Association (AHA).
The BLS certification course gives individuals all the tools they will need to be able to act in the face of an emergency situation. Students in the course gain muscle memory and critical thinking skills to use when responding to a life-threatening emergency. HCOP participants learned how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and safely and swiftly assist a choking victim.
Upon completion of the training, all HCOP participants in attendance received their official BLS certification through the AHA, which is good for two years. This certification and course not only helps equip students to respond in a medical situation, a key skill for future health professionals, but also gives them a feather in the cap that is their professional resume; a key component to success as they move forward with their academic and career goals.