That's why Deborah Clark, professor of biology, and Dwayne Boucaud, professional of biomedical sciences, took a Community Health Delegation of nine students to Leon, Nicaragua, during summer 2012 to teach first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Prior to the trip, students trained to become certified in CPR, learned to write scripts for teaching first aid, and secured donations of supplies to outfit large first aid kits.
Students Emerson Franke and Ivy Laplante served as trip leaders, CPR instructors and organizers. Yessenia Argudo translated the first aid scripts into Spanish.
The group gave its first set of demonstrations to the teachers and translators at Alianza Americana, a school for students learning English. Teachers from Alianza Americana underscored the importance of knowing basic first aid and CPR. Before the Quinnipiac group arrived, a young girl in the Leon community suffered a heart attack in her home.
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