May 16, 2011
Most college students are thinking about summer vacation right now. But one group of students at the University of Virginia is taking on an even bigger responsibility.
The Virginia Health and Safety club at UVa is made up of nearly ten instructors. Their goal is to teach fraternity and sororities members how to do CPR. Alumnus Daniel Rausa came up with the idea two years ago.
“Because the main social scene on grounds is mostly centered around the fraternities. I felt like it was a big need to be a safer scene and also because of the need for CPR in the community,” said Daniel Rausa, who founded the Virginia Health & Safety Club.
While these students haven't had to put their skills to the test in real life situations, they know the technique from breathing and compressions to knowing when to start an AED.
“If you can have students that are trained and know what to do that means we have a much better chance of saving someone's life,” Ben Elron, CPR Instructor.
The group is prepared and ready to take on the challenge.
“It's a sobering responsibility, but its also good to know that that accountability is out there and we can give that to other people,” said Elron.
The goal of the program is to help all people in need, not just students, faculty and staff at UVa.
“We hope that if we ever do need to they'll be ready whether it be here at the university or somewhere else,” said Rausa.
These students are already off to a good start. Since the program started, they've successfully taught CPR to 200 students. They won't stop until every student learns the life saving skill.