Senior Citizens May Gain New Chance at Life from
Teenagers Trained in CPR by AHA
Classroom-tested kit from American Heart Association
empowers educators to teach students CPR; People
will die within minutes after cardiac arrest without early
defibrillation or CPR
16, 2013 - Thousands of senior citizens may someday live to see
another day after suffering cardiac arrest, thanks to a new program by
the American Heart Association that is training school children
throughout the United States in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest
outside of a hospital each year, and most of those victims die, often
because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do
something wrong. The
American Heart Association believes kids are the answer to saving
arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of
40. The number of people who die in the U.S. each year from SCA is
roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimer's disease,
assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal
cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate
cancer and suicides combined, according to the
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
The American Heart Association is helping prepare
more students, their teachers and their families to save lives with the
CPR in Schools Training Kit™. The hands-on, interactive kit is based
on the latest science and makes it easy for educators to train the next
generation of lifesavers in 30 minutes or less.
Using a “practice while watching” approach,
students practice CPR with their own inflatable manikin while watching
and learning from a DVD. Students learn
Hands-Only™ CPR, and other life-saving techniques like giving
breaths, choking relief and how to use an
automated external defibrillator (AED). The portable kit can be
reused to train a whole class, grade level or even an entire school.
Each kit comes with 10 manikins and instructional DVDs so that kids can
take training home and help pass these lifesaving skills to their family
About Cardiac Arrest
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“Four out of every five out-of-hospital cardiac
arrests occur in private or residential settings, so we have to find
ways to emphasize the importance of knowing CPR to save the lives of
family members and loved ones,” said Robert W. Neumar, M.D., Ph.D.,
professor and chair of the University of Michigan Medical School’s
Department of Emergency Medicine.
“The CPR in Schools Training Kits enable educators
to teach students life-saving CPR, and empowers schools to serve the
families in their communities,” said Neumar, who serves as Chair of the
American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.
Lawmakers in 12 states are requiring all students
to be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high
school. Seven states have laws in place or that go into effect this
school year, and five more have passed laws that will be implemented in
the future. To learn more about CPR in Schools legislation, go to
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving
people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No.
4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative
research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide
lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.
The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest
voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices
around the country, or visit heart.org.
life you save with CPR is mostly likely to
be someone you love
Anyone can learn CPR –
and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of
Americans may feel helpless to act during a
cardiac emergency because they either do not
know how to administer CPR or their training
has significantly lapsed. This alarming
statistic could hit close to home, because
home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac
arrests occur. Put very simply: The
life you save with CPR is mostly likely to
be someone you love.
Last June, in honor of
National CPR Week, the American Heart
Association called on all Americans to
learn how to give Hands-Only CPR
by watching a simple one-minute video at
heart.org/cpr. Once you have
learned CPR, give 5 people you care about
the power to save lives by equipping them to
act quickly in a crisis.
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