These couple of weeks we have put our projects aside to do something important that we might need in our life in the future. After coming back from winter break they told us that we were going to get certified for CPR, something that I would always hear but not really pay attention to. I would see signs in restaurants and other public places but I would of never thought I would learn such important concept. CPR for people that might not know what it means is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which consists of mouth-to-mouth respiration and/or chest compression. CPR allows oxygenated blood to circulate to vital organs such as the brain and heart. Our CPR training consisted of learning how to give CPR to adults, infants and how to use the AED. While being taught how to give CPR we got to use dummies so we could practice a real life experience. While giving CPR to the dummies we learned all the steps required, which are:
- Check that the place where doing the CPR is safe so that nobody else specially the person giving CPR gets hurt.
- Tap the person’s shoulders to see if they are okay
- Tell someone close to you to call 911 and get the AED
- Check for breathing for about 5 seconds but no more than 10
- Then start giving chest compressions and mouth to mouth breathings (a ratio of 30:2)
NOTE: The person giving CPR should only stop when 1. The person obtain CPR wakes up or is okay 2. A more advanced person arrives 3. The emergency response team arrives
After learning the steps to giving CPR to an adult, we learned that you don’t take the same steps you took when giving CPR to an infant due to the force that its applied to an adult which can harmed the infant’s chest.
After obtaining our CPR certificate it was time to get back to our projects. When returning to our project and looking at our feedback my group and I realized that we no longer wanted to continue with our mask. Lorena and I decided to work together and experience something totally different. Sense we didn’t know what to do our teacher gave us an idea that would fit both of us and expand our learning. What we decided to work with is a system called makey-makey that its used as a keyboard that can be connected into a computer and can help people with disabilities that can’t really use the computer. Our next step is finding a disability to help and how we are going to help them.