There are so many world records that are extremely dangerous (longest distance jumped by motorcycle; deepest scuba dive) that it’s nice to see one that’s for saving lives instead of endangering them.
That was the goal behind today’s attempt at breaking the record for CPR and AED training taking place at one time. Thousands of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors took an hourlong course on CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED.
While Scouts and Scouters counted to 30 chest compressions on their training mannequins, event organizers counted Scouts and Scouters, checking to see how close to the world record they had come.
Results weren’t yet available, but one thing is for sure: sending thousands of boys and adults home with the knowledge about how to save a life was a winning situation for everyone involved.
Before one of the day’s courses, representatives from Cardiac Science awarded four lucky troops with two free AEDs.
These troops submitted winning entries in a video contest. Entrants needed to create a short video telling why AEDs were so important. Below you’ll see representatives from two of the winning troops. The first, Jose Lepervanche, didn’t work on his troop’s video, but he shared an inspirational story. He’s a Scouter from Jacksonville, Fla., and he shared the story about how an AED saved his life.
While at a council camp, he suddenly collapsed. Scouts rushed to his side and tried to revive him after calling 911. But fortunately for Lepervanche, the camp had purchased an AED and used it to save his life. He was there to tell his story because his camp was prepared, he said.
Because the troops got two AEDs each, they can keep one and give the other to a worthy community group, such as a school, church, or other organization.
Last day lecture for the very first Capstone course at FSCJ – Kent Campus (Thursday night class), May 6, 2010. Video by Kimberly Johnston.
Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body’s natural desire to heal itself.
New AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’
SVHC delivers the two remaining AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts during a presentation last month. On hand were (from left) John Moscarillo, Medtronic; Brian Patterson, Megan Shaw and Jack Spears, North Florida Council of Boy Scouts; SVMC Associate Lisa Dean, RN; and Jose Lepervanche, a Scout Leader and SCA survivor.
It was a day at camp for most, but the subject at hand was no playing matter. Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest has been in the news lately with several public figures falling victim, St. Vincent’s HealthCare has been talking about it for a while.
SVHC kicked off the Partners in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest campaign more than a year ago to reduce the number of people who die from SCA by providing life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator devices to Jacksonville area organizations.
Last month, several SVHC associates gathered at Camp Echocktee Boy Scout Camp in Orange Park to present the last two AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts. An AED training session was also held.
The speaker for the event was Jose Lepervanche, a Scout leader whose life was saved by an AED.
“By having more defibrillators available and teaching the community how to use them, we hope to save lives,” said Karen Darnell, SVHC Vice President and CNO.