AHA, Chevron To Give Local Students CPR Training Kits On World Heart Day
SLIDELL, LA – The American Heart Association (AHA) and Chevron are helping to train the next generation of lifesavers by donating CPR in Schools Training Kits to Northshore High School and Slidell High School.
On World Heart Day, Friday, Sept. 29, volunteers will teach Slidell High School students lifesaving hands-only CPR skills, at Slidell High School, 1 Tiger Dr., at 11:45 a.m.
The CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students by teaching them the core techniques of CPR in under 30 minutes, as well as automated external defibrillator (AED) skills and choking relief, organizers said. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of school educators. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement between classrooms and easy storage. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the AHA and incorporates the very latest science, AHA reps said.
More than 400,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year. The AHA is working to help people feel more confident in their abilities during an emergency situation, and the Chevron donation will give thousands of high school students the skills needed to respond, AHA reps said.
“Nearly 90 percent of those who experience cardiac arrest don’t survive,” said Leah Brown, public affairs manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “We would like to help change that, and we can’t think of a better place to start than with local students. Chevron is proud to invest in the future of our community by providing these young men and women with lifesaving skills.”
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., AHA reps said. It can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone – even young people. It is most often caused by a heart attack, but it can also be caused by trauma, an overdose or drowning. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating; blood stops circulating; oxygen stops flowing to the brain; and the victim stops breathing. When bystander CPR is immediately preformed, a victim’s survival rate can double or even triple. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help they need before emergency services arrive.
Because of the alarming statistics, in 2014, the Louisiana legislature passed the Burke Cobb Act which requires all Louisiana graduating seniors to receive hands-only CPR instruction. The law is unfunded which means that donations from organizations like Chevron help fulfill the CPR graduation requirement. The Act is named in honor of a Louisiana high school student who did not receive CPR in time after collapsing on a school basketball court.
Studies have shown that students are capable of learning and effectively performing CPR, AHA reps said. It has also shown that trainees, including students 12 years or older, can achieve acceptable levels of proficiency in hands-on CPR in 30 minutes or less. By teaching CPR to high school students, AHA’s goal is to create a generation of lifesavers.
AHA reps said the CPR in Schools Training Kit includes everything teachers need to properly educate students: an instructional video, facilitator’s guide, mannequins and a mannequin pump, knee pads, replacement parts and sanitizer.
“Nationally, each hour, 38 people experience a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting and, tragically nine out of 10 will not survive,” said Brittany Gay, vice president at the AHA New Orleans. “The simple act of CPR can transform health outcomes for our community. We are thankful for Chevron’s support.”