AHA: Statewide CPR Training for Area Schools

Below is a press release from the American Heart Association:

The Metro Jackson American Heart Association, with support from the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance, is collaborating with the Mississippi Fire Academy to complete an urgent CPR

need training. Every public high school in Mississippi, over 240, is eligible to receive the CPR in Schools Training Kit. The kits contain ten mannequins each and are durable and reusable, meaning schools can continue to use them year after year, potentially adding more trained lifeguards to our community.

CPR training in schools and kits will allow students to learn basic CPR skills in less than 30 minutes, including AED skills and choking relief. Everything teachers need to properly educate students is included: instructional video, facilitator’s guide, manikins and manikin pump, knee pads, spares and sanitizer.

“Many schools in Mississippi lack CPR kits and training. COVID-19 has created an even more urgent gap for students who must complete CPR graduation requirements. Thanks to the recognition of this need in our state and the generosity of our local sponsors, thousands of students will now be able to save a life,” said Jennifer Hopping, executive director of the Metro Jackson American Heart Association.

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, and less than half of those people receive the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. But immediate CPR could double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.

“With over 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home, you will be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, spouse, parent or friend. Through programs such as CPR kits in schools, the American Heart Association is working to increase the number of bystanders who use CPR in an emergency,” said Christy McGregor, executive director of the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance.

In 2014, the American Heart Association helped pass a law, which made it a requirement for all high school students in Mississippi to learn CPR before graduation. These kits provide schools with the tools they need to teach hands-only CPR techniques and give students the confidence to perform CPR or use an AED, making our communities safer and empowering young people to save lives.

For more information, visit heart.org/CPR.

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