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Seniors of Baton Rouge Learn Life-saving Techniques

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Baton Rouge, La. » The message of 3 John 1:2, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you,” has a message for the seniors of the Baton Rouge Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church. GEMS, a ministry for seniors, is not only interested in the maintenance of one’s own health, but also in the health and safety of others. This mindset prompted a recent first-aid/CPR class.

Berean member and Southern University assistant professor Trudy Williams, PhD, RN, tapped Southern University assistant professor of pharmacology Rosalind Thysson, MSN, RN, to conduct the class, which offered participants a two-year certificate. Participants learned that they are the most important link in saving another. 

“Upon arriving on the scene of an accident, make sure the scene is safe. If not, call 911 and, while waiting, check for any sign of life,” Thysson began. She demonstrated how to perform compressions, reminding the class that as long as there is one certified person, then compressions can begin. Other lessons learned focused on coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as well as proper methods to save individuals who are choking. 

Then it was time for the class to show what it had been taught. After all, we had to prove ourselves worthy of the certificates. Using the hands-on method and stepping up one by one, we approached mannequins and demonstrated on the youth and the adult models what we had learned. Thysson was pleased with our trial runs. We left the class feeling better equipped to handle an emergency should one arise, since we all passed the certification course.

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