More than 350,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year in the United States. About 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Bystander CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling communities with lifesavers – those trained to give cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until emergency medical response arrive.
The American Heart Association wants to create the next Generation of Lifesavers™ by preparing more students, their teachers and their families to help save a life with its CPR in Schools initiative.
The organization is also advocating for laws that ensure students learn CPR before they graduate. With the help of AHA, 34 states are on board, including Oklahoma. In 2014, The American Heart Association supported a bill that requires students in Oklahoma to learn CPR before they graduate. This means that over 38,000 high school seniors will be flooding our state with a life-saving tool.
More than two million high school students a year in more than 50 percent of the nation’s public high schools will be trained in CPR because of state laws requiring it as a mandatory part of curriculum for high school graduation, and because of the work done by the AHA’s CPR in Schools efforts.
For more information or to make a gift to support placing a CPR training kit in an Oklahoma School, contact:
Debbie Hite-Stewart, American Heart Association, Executive Director
Terri Bailey, Sr. American Heart Association, Director of Social Events