Boston College Emergency Medical Services (BCEMS) will host its First Annual CPR Marathon, consisting of 12 continuous hours of CPR, community education, and student performances, from noon to midnight on Friday in Gasson 100.
BCEMS is a “student-run, all-volunteer, quick-response emergency medical care provider” which operates on campus seven days a week and provides coverage at certain student events.
As student EMTs continuously perform CPR on a single dummy for 12 hours, the BC community has the opportunity to learn hands-only CPR and blood pressure checks for free. Open to the public, the event will also have a table designed for children to learn basic healthcare skills.
BCEMS Director of Education Katie Piccioli, MCAS ‘21, told The Gavel that the idea of a CPR marathon came from the success of a similar event she participated in during high school.
“We wanted BCEMS to have more community outreach, so I thought this would be a great event to combine the BC community with the surrounding community, especially to come together learning such a valuable skill,” said Piccioli.
According to Piccioli, the CPR marathon aims “to reach out to both the BC and surrounding community to teach as many people hands-only CPR as possible and the importance of early initiation.”
Another goal of the event is to showcase the work of other student organizations related to healthcare. The BC Global Public Health Program, Medical Humanities Journal of BC, and Timmy Global Health will be tabling throughout the event.
Additionally, the marathon will feature dancing and musical performances from multiple student organizations, including Boston College Dance Ensemble at 5:30 p.m., Sexual Chocolate at 6 p.m., Fuego at 6:30 p.m., and Performers from Musical Guild at 7 p.m.