Xavier Magazine

Freshmen learn CPR

The day after the record class of 1,282 first-year students arrived on campus, they got their first lesson—and it was a valuable one they can take with them the rest of their lives.

Xavier Has A Heart, a student-run organization, trained every new student how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED). The lessons were taught under the direction of Dr. Edmond Hooker, an emergency physician and faculty member in the Department of Health Services Administration. In the last few years, the American Heart Association has promoted compression-only CPR since many bystanders are reluctant to perform CPR because it used to require mouth-to-mouth breathing. The elimination of the mouth-to-mouth breathing increases the likelihood of a patient in cardiac arrest receiving CPR. Everyone can be easily trained in compression-only CPR, Hooker said, noting that “you cannot do anything but good with compression-only CPR. The person has very little chance of survival without CPR, and any CPR is better than nothing.”

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