Apr 26, 2018Care During a Crisis
Last fall, Chely Arias, ATC, was just two months into her first full-time job as an Athletic Trainer for Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev., when a student-athlete rushed into the athletic training room to say a girl had fainted on the baseball field. Arias’ quick thinking and immediate action helped keep the victim alive.
According to an article Arias wrote for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ website, she checked the girl’s vital signs and called her name when she got to the scene, but there was no response. Then, Arias started CPR, sent a student to get the automated external defibrillator (AED), and asked a coach to call 911.
Although she had performed CPR on mannequins before, this was the first time Arias had used it on a person. She questioned her technique in the moment but trusted her training.
“So it was muscle memory,” Arias wrote. “I was like, ‘OK, I know how to do this. So just do it.’
It took a couple of minutes for the student to return with the AED. In that time