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Virginia Beach, Virginia (PRWEB)
July 17, 2017
For the first time, more than 525 college and high school students, from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe, will gather to learn the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR during Operation Smile’s 26th annual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC), which will take place July 17 to 24 at Fraterna Domus in Rome, Italy.
Students who participate in ISLC are given the opportunity to apply for a position on an Operation Smile medical mission. On the mission they will teach Hands-Only CPR to patients and their families – along with basic first aid, dental hygiene, oral re-hydration therapy, and nutrition.
According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, but CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Dr.Vinay Nadkarni is Professor of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pediatrics at the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. He says, “Bystander Hands-Only CPR has become the single most effective intervention that can more than double survival from adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.” Dr. Nadkarni is also Chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. He added, “It takes only a few minutes to learn and practice and can return smiles to a family for a lifetime!”
Also during the week-long conference, students will participate in peer-to-peer leadership training, service projects to benefit Operation Smile patients, and serve as advocates for global access to safe surgery by taking part in Operation Smile’s UNTIL WE HEAL campaign.
In March 2017, Operation…