Students Aim to Save Lives: Learning CPR and Basic Life Support is Vital for All

June 25, 2018
By Marilyn Huerta

Saving lives is important but unless you’re a medical professional, who takes the time to learn how?

Every semester at Cal State San Marcos approximately 120 students enroll in Eliza Bigham’s Human Development 497 course and they conduct research on a variety of topics.

Kathryn Head, Tatum Rios and Jay Almaraz, who called themselves the “Stayin’ Alive Research Team”, surveyed college students on campus this year and gathered data regarding student’s interest and experience in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic Life Support training.

The research team demonstrated CPR chest compressions and basic lifesaving techniques with students and asked them about their general knowledge regarding life-saving procedures. Participants were asked if training was important to them and if they would be interested in being trained.

“As a group, we determined how important it is for college students to be educated in basic life support and we learned that CPR education should be easily accessible to everyone and not just available to medical professionals,” Kathryn said.

“Most students on campus that we talked to felt that CPR education was important but didn’t know where or when classes were offered. Our ultimate goal was to start the research and then pass the project on to future students who can continue bringing more awareness about CPR classes at Cal State San Marcos. We learned that students believe it is important for everyone to learn.”

“We wanted to increase the awareness here at Cal State San Marcos so our students would be educated and know where to obtain training,” said Jay. “More people should be CPR certified.”

groupTo learn more, the Stayin’ Alive Research Team shared the following resources:

(619) 281-3304
Offers both online and in-person classes

American Heart Association

American Red Cross
1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

American Heart Association Palomar Medical Center Classes

CPR Basic Life Support Provider ($50) Tri-City Medical Center

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