Kodiak CPR class gets practice in real emergency

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- Students in a Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation class had their emergency skills tested Wednesday.

At the beginning of class, students watched an instructional video with a segment about emergency situations. Part way through, a male student appeared to nod off. An hour into the class, he fell off his chair.

''We thought he had fallen asleep,'' said course instructor Rhonda Kiefer.

The man assured everyone he was fine and class resumed. But within five minutes, the man fell again, apparently while suffering a seizure.

One class member called an ambulance. Another stood near the victim to monitor him. A third waited outside for the ambulance.

The man awoke after 45 seconds and the ambulance arrived shortly after. While emergency medical technicians attended the man, he suffered another seizure. He was transported to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Kiefer commended her class. ''We'd just watched about what to do in an emergency and they all pretty much handled the situation properly.''

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