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Creating The Next Generation Of Lifesavers

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest out- side 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  more lives.

How That Works

The nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to  fighting heart disease and stroke, 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.

Students practice CPR with their own inflatable manikin while watching and  learning from a DVD such lifesaving techniques as hands-only CPR, giving  breaths, choking relief and how to use an automated external defibrillator.  The portable kit can be reused to train a whole class, grade or school. Each  kit comes with 10 manikins and instructional DVDs so kids can take training  home and help pass these lifesaving skills on to their family and community.

Doctor’s Opinion

“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  kits enable educators to teach students lifesaving CPR and empower schools to  serve the families in their communities,” added Neumar, who serves as  Chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care  Committee.

Learn More

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 http://beCPRsmart.org.

For further facts about CPR in Schools, go to http://beCPRsmart.org, heart.org/cpr and www.heart.org/CPRinSchools or  call (877) AHA-4CPR or (800) AHA-USA1.