Saving Lives with Gus

May 11, 2017 06:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic is teaching area high school students how to save lives.

Dr. David Farley works at Mayo Clinic’s Stimulation Center in Rochester. He and his team of educators started a video series called “Saving Lives with Gus." It gives students early exposure to the medical field.


They extended their efforts to the community by educating high school students on how to perform basic steps during an emergency.

“Many, many people drop from an arrhythmia or a heart attack, and there are many times when their defibrillator is not used properly or the battery is dead,” said Farley. “So that was the ultimate stimulus to try to get young men and women to know how to do this."

During the course, students had the chance to learn how to conduct an ultrasound as well as learning how to perform CPR the correct way.

"Then it sort of morphed into this big thing where we teach them all these different surgical tasks, we taught them how to stop bleeding with a tourniquet, sort of bring our simulations center to the high school students," said Becca Gas, a Mayo Clinic Education specialist.

Additionally, they tested their skills on simulated blood vessels while suturing up dummies.

18-year-old Libby Christenson is a senior at Stewartville High School. She and her class registered together after hearing great reviews from people who took the class last year.

"I’m planning on going into nursing when I’m older so I’m really excited for all the stations,” said Christenson. "I think it's really fun and exciting to like learn new things and like see things I haven't seen before."

Dr. Farley says that he and his team his grateful for all that came and they will continue to host this event next fall.


Lynnette Miller

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