The Southern Oregon CPR Initiative is a collaborative effort created by Jackson County EMS under the direction of Dr. Paul Rostykus. It is coordinated by Deputy Fire Marshal Samantha Metheny of Medford Fire and supported by the local chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Ashland Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District 3, and local educators. It operates in partnership with the American Heart Association to teach Hands-Only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to all middle school students within the Rogue Valley. We work hard throughout the year to secure grant funding for this program so that we can bring it to classrooms free of charge.
“CPR Anytime” is an all-in-one kit that provides everything an individual needs to learn and practice Hands-Only CPR. Although it is not a certifying course, this one-hour class is designed to educate people in effective, continuous CPR.
The kits are given to the students and they are instructed on how to recognize the need for, and how to perform, hands-only CPR. Students are given a homework assignment to take the kits home and teach their friends and family how to perform Hands-Only CPR. This way, the program increases the number of people who can perform CPR in an emergency.
These fully bilingual (English-Spanish) kits contain a Mini-Anne CPR manikin and an instructional DVD that teaches Adult Hands-Only CPR, Child CPR (with breaths), Adult & Child Choking Relief, and General Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness. Although the program focuses on the Adult Hands-Only CPR portion, the kits give students, teachers, and parents the opportunity to expand their knowledge.
Hands-Only CPR Instruction Video (American Heart Association):