Film Program and HWPS Instructor Hope to Save Lives by Producing CPR Instructional Video

January 13, 2017 -- CNM’s Film Technician program has recently completed a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training video with the hopes of teaching all faculty, staff and students how to perform CPR to save a life.
Film Program and HWPS Instructor Hope to Save Lives by Producing CPR Instructional Video

Jan 13, 2017

The video features Michael Faulhaber, School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety program director of Clinical Education. In the video, an actor portrays a victim of a heart attack and nearby students step in to help.

“I want to teach everyone at this college how to perform CPR in order to increase the survival rate of victims of cardiac arrest” Faulhaber said. He instructs CPR as part of Health 1001 course.

He noted that approximately 500,000 people die a year in the USA of cardiac arrest.

“They don’t all need to die,” Faulhaber said. “On average, the survival rate for victims of cardiac arrest is about 12 percent. This can be changed by learning CPR. Survival rates in victims of cardiac arrest are as high as 60 percent in some areas of the county, but only if people on scene know what to do. You don’t have to be a medical professional to save a life.”

Charlie O’Dowd, CNM Film Technician faculty member, got the idea for the video when he took a CPR training class during a CNM Faculty Focus Day.

“I took the course with Michael and thought we could create a video to serve as a tool to teach people how to do CPR,” he said. The result was a 12-minute video that shows both what to do in case of a heart emergency or a choking incident.

The video can be shown at the beginning of CPR training sessions that also include instruction on how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). AEDs can be found in most public buildings. At CNM, they are located in every building and on every floor. The video also demonstrates how to use the “Heimlich Maneuver” for choking incidents.

Faulhaber said he will be resuming CPR trainings, called “Coffee and CPR,” this spring and will announce them in News Link. He got the idea for the classes from Seattle, Wash., where CPR is taught in high schools and other places. There, because of the common knowledge of how to do CPR, heart attack survival rates are 60 percent.