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Submitted By: Tri-Valley ROP

Medical Occupations Student Saves Life

Student Background

Jake Salinas is a senior at Granada high School enrolled in the TVROP Medical Occupations course. While at work, he heard someone yelling that a girl was having a seizure. Jake jumped into action and called 9-1-1, he then proceeded to stay with the child until paramedics arrived. While waiting with the child, he noticed she had irregular breathing patterns.

Program Description

Medical Occupations provides an introduction and broad exploration into several careers within the medical field including: medical assisting, emergency medicine, veterinary medicine, dental assisting/hygienist, geriatric assistant, pharmacy technician, physical therapy, surgical technician and nursing.

Instruction is combined with a hands-on learning experience through instructor approved clinical internships at local medical facilities. After completion of the course, students are eligible to take the California certification exam for Medical Assistants and become a California Certified Medical Assistant.

Outcomes

Jake signaled to another worker who was also trained in CPR to take care of the girl's breathing while he performed chest compressions. They completed about two rounds of 30 compressions and three breaths before the medics arrived. Soon after the event, the mother of the girl arrived and gave the biggest thanks and explained she wouldn't have known what to do if Jake wasn't there. Thankfully, the girl is okay. Jake explained that in his Medical Occupations class he has learned many valuable skills. He also shared that when he was first trained in CPR, he never though that he would be in an imnmediate situation where he would need to use it.

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