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resuscitation process, thus removing a big barrier for people skittish about such contact, according to medical experts. CCC is applied by pushing hard and fast on the middle of a person’s chest. Uninterrupted chest presses — about 100 a minute — are needed until paramedics can arrive and take over, or an automatic external defibrillator becomes available to restore a normal heart rhythm, according to experts. In 2008, the American Heart Association
gave its endorsement of CCC, saying the technique will be added to regular CPR training. In fact, CCC is a proven life saver, said
Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow, medical director of the Bureau of EMS & Trauma System of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The physician was one of many well-wishers who greeted Patten during the gathering at the Glendale airport. Patten is among about 5,000 people in Arizona who suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year, a major public health problem that happens about 15 times a day throughout the state, Bobrow said. The fact that Patten is alive can be credited not only to high quality CCC, but also trained professionals who instantly recognized a problem and didn’t hesitate to provide vital care, Bobrow said. “This is just one wonderful example of
Students sign up to save lives
by Emily McCann staff writer
Every 11 minutes, another person signs up to play the ultimate waiting game by joining the national organ transplant list. This week, hundreds of students at
Verrado High School in Buckeye showed it only takes a minute to provide them with some hope.
During their lunch hour Wednesday, students filled out organ donor registry cards, and in exchange received T-shirts, bracelets, magnets, bumper stickers and the knowledge that they could one day save a life. The school was taking part in the first Donor Network of Arizona High School Challenge. Seven schools from across the state took part to see which could sign up the most organ donors.
The friendly competition got started as a result of a drive held in 2010 by Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. It did a donor registry to honor a classmate killed in an accident who was an organ donor. “They were so passionate, and their donor drive was so successful that we just really wanted to encourage and support any other students who wanted to sign up people to save lives,” said Kris Patterson, spokeswoman for the Donor Network of Arizona. Verrado is the only high school in the West
how a beautiful life has been saved,” Bobrow told the airport gathering. Now, Arizona is at the vanguard in training people to do bystander CPR or CCC, Bobrow said. Dr. Garth Gemar, a medical director for the Glendale Fire Department, said the emergency medical care given Patten is now available to all citizens. In addition, the life-saving effort can be
viewed as the result of medical innovation and “the culmination of decades of team building,” Gemar said. “Mike’s life was saved by his own,” Gemar told the gathering “And that is the take-home message here.”
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Valley to participate. About 125 people at the school had signed up as of Wednesday, and their goal was 500, said Jamie Burgess, a chemistry teacher and sponsor of the National Honor Society. “It’s really a very generous act,” she said.
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VERRADO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Gian Mendoza, 18, right, and A.J. Roehl, 17, register to become organ donors during an organ registry challenge at the Buckeye school Wednesday.
it’s like to be on the other end of the donor spectrum while watching friends wait for an organ. “I figured if I have organs that I can give to somebody or help someone out, it would be the best thing to do,” she said. “I don’t want somebody to go through the same thing my friends did.” Anyone, regardless of age or medical
“You’re giving to perfect strangers, and you’ll never know who it is.” Burgess knows firsthand about giving the gift of life. Her 21-month-old son drowned 12 years ago, and the family decided to donate his organs. “I always feel that organ donation is a really good way for something good to come out of tragedy,” she said. “Teenagers think they’re going to live
forever, but I’m really excited a lot of them are very positive about wanting to do this.” Senior Krista Gaston, 18, has seen what
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kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart and small intestine. Tissue such as skin, bone and heart valves can also save lives, and corneas can give others sight. “I think the obstacle in Arizona in general is that many people don’t know how to sign up to be an organ donor in this state,” Patterson said.
People can become a registered donor by checking a box when applying for a driver’s license at the Motor Vehicle Division, calling 1-800-94-DONOR or signing up at www.DonateLifeAZ.org
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fact that you can save a life even when you’re dead,” National Honor Society student Gian Mendoza, 18, said. “It would be nice if someone could donate their organs if I was in that position, so it’s just an act of humanity.” The school with the most people signed up to the registry by the end of today will receive a trophy, Patterson said.
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