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Life-saving basics at first aide summer camp

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:14 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Kids in Tuscaloosa County are learning what to do if they find themselves in a medical emergency.

They’re taking a summer course called CPR and First Aid.

Students practiced how to set a splint for a broken arm Wednesday.

The instructor believes that knowledge could be useful one day.

“It’s important because you never know when they’re going to find yourself in the situation where you need to know these skills. A loved one or someone might become injured and they need to know how to react,” Marla Workman, the Health Science Instructor at Tuscaloosa County High School explained.

About a dozen middle school-to high school aged kids are learning age-appropriate basics that could come in handy in an emergency.

“If you come across a situation you need to know what to do so you can save someone’s life and not just let them suffer and die,” Megan Smith, a rising sixth grader, said.

Earlier this week, students practiced how to perform CPR and take vital signs.

The instructors hope cultivating their interest in helping people today could prepare them for careers in healthcare later in life.

“Kids are just interested in learning how to help people and how to save lives and exposing them early will hopefully make life savers in the future.”

Thursday is the last day of this brief summer camp course,

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