Over the last two years, Hawaii Island’s survival rate for people experiencing cardiac arrest in front of bystanders went from 4 percent to 6.8 percent. The jump appears to be the result of efforts by the Hawaii Fire Department to train people in important life-saving techniques including performing chest compressions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to Chris Honda, captain of the department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau. The Hilo Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with partners including the fire department, the County of Hawaii, Hilo Medical Center, KTA Super Stores, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and more, will officially kick off on Feb. 24 the “Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign.
A second Teen Health Camp was held on Saturday April 7th at Kealakehe High School. The event was featured in West Hawaii Today newspaper.
The Big Island Teen Health Camp drew about 35 students to Kealakehe High School on Saturday to learn about pathways toward careers in health as well as have practical, hands-on experiences about what they can expect when working in health care. In addition to meeting with college students pursuing educations in various health fields and working professionals, attendees also had the opportunity to learn how to suture wounds, put on and remove casts and get educated about nutrition and the state of public health.