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Basic life support training rolled out in Ilocos Norte schools

LAOAG CITY — The Schools Division of Ilocos Norte (SDOIN), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Ilocos Norte Chapter, conducted a basic life support training for all schools here starting with its personnel on Wednesday.

Some 66 SDOIN workers joined the training in time for the observance of the National Hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Campaign set every July of each year.

On Friday, the Hands-only CPR training will be rolled out simultaneously to the various schools of the province to enhance the education department’s life-saving skills in times of emergency.

PRC-Ilocos Norte Head of Rescue Training Haydie Manalili led the demonstration and training of the CPR procedure with the use of hands only as a means of reviving patients who are victims of heart attack, as well, as those who are unconscious or having breathing difficulty.

“The hands-only CPR will be very useful in helping the patient pump some blood and keep them running in the body while waiting for rescue or ambulance,” Manalili said.

Manalili said it is important to follow the three Cs before doing the CPR procedure on a person to check if the patient is unconscious, call a rescue or ambulance for proper medication, and conduct CPR.

“First, we have to check if the patient is unconscious and not breathing by tapping the shoulder, if the patient is not responding, then that will be the time to do the hands-only CPR procedure, if the person is breathing, there is no need to do it” she said.

The month-long campaign led by the Department of Health (DOH) and the PRC aims to educate every Filipino on basic skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as an emergency procedure to save lives.

Sherwin Jay Ian Manuel, PRC coordinator for SDOIN, said the training is simultaneously set on Wednesday to Friday to cater to all the schools within the Ilocos Norte division.

The PRC personnel will proceed to the different schools with the students and teachers as the participants to take part in this training.

As of Wednesday, there are only five schools catered because some municipalities have suspended classes due to the typhoon,” Manuel said.

Under Republic Act No. 10871 also known as the “Basic Life Support Training in Schools Act”, it shall be the duty of all public and private basic education schools operating nationwide to provide their students with basic life support training through the use of psychomotor training in an age-appropriate manner.

This psychomotor training refers to hands-on -practice to support cognitive learning, such as the CPR procedure.

In compliance with the law, the SDOIN conducts a Red Cross Youth First Aid Challenge, an annual training for students with basic first aid and rescue skills with the help of the PRC.

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