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Cardiac arrest is not an uncommon occurrence. In the United States alone, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year.
A person's survival depends on how quickly CPR is administered. Contrary to what many people think, you don't have to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save a life. Hands-Only CPR is an easy and effective way to double or even triple a victim's chance of survival. As we look to create the next generation of lifesavers, it's important to educate young people who can learn easy techniques very quickly.
Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives
Far too often, a victim of cardiac arrest dies simply because CPR was administered too late or not at all. Bystanders may panic or only call 911 without realizing you don't have to be a doctor or medic to administer Hands-Only CPR.
With more potential lifesavers in our communities, we can save more lives- and it’s never too early to learn. Even older children and teenagers can be taught the importance and technique of Hands-Only CPR.
But it's a common misconception that it's hard to teach these lifesaving techniques. If your education center can devote minimal time to the training and teaching of Hands-Only CPR, you won't regret the small investment.
The Importance of Hands-Only CPR Training in Schools
Our schools and education centers provide the perfect environment to learn CPR. The kids can have hands on experience that will boost their confidence if they are ever in a situation where someone suffers a cardiac arrest. This also fosters a sense of community. The students learn that they can help lower the rates of cardiac arrest events and improve lives for everyone. It's a skill that they can have with them forever.
Besides CPR knowledge, it's important that kids know about the warning signs of a cardiac event. Things like sudden loss of responsiveness or abnormal breathing are indicators.
They should be informed and at least prepared enough to realize that there is a way they can help a struggling or collapsed victim.
CPR in Schools Training Kit™
To make the training easy and effective, the American Heart Association has created the CPR in Schools Training Kit.
With our kit, educators can teach up to 20 students in a single class. The kit includes lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR, first aid, and choking relief techniques.
A Lifesaver, in Your Hand
With 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happening at home or residential settings, your student may be the one who’s called upon to save a life.
Imagine being able to equip today’s children with lifesaving skills they may need in the future.
Who knows? It may be your very own students who save your life one day.