CLARK — All junior health classes at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark are learning how to perform CPR.
Junior Victor Rizzuto said, “If someone passed out and stopped breathing, I am capable of saving their life and that’s pretty awesome.”
CPR is a combination of simulating the breathing of the lungs and the pumping of the heart. CPR is made up of two parts: rescue breathing and chest compressions. Rescue Breathing is when you exhale air from your lungs into the victim’s lungs so they can take in oxygen. When you breathe into a victim’s mouth and have their nose closed, the air is forced into their lungs and you can see the chest rise. Chest compressions are when you manually compress the heart by pressing down on the chest. The hope is that by compressing and expanding the heart, the blood flows through it as intended.
From left to right, Juniors Victor Rizzuto, Jake Egner and Greg Gouillon (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)