The Benefits Of Teaching CPR In Schools

Recent statistics show that CPR is administered to only one in three cardiac arrest cases. This is due to several reasons. Some bystanders are unwilling to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger. But a common cause bystanders are not able to administer CPR is because panic and discomfort strikes them. There is no way to prove this, but it is commonly proven that CPR-trained bystanders will overcome the reservations mentioned above and provide assistance without hesitation.

When it comes to teaching CPR in schools, you’ll note that kids and teenagers rarely run the risk of having heart attacks themselves. However, you can never predict a situation in which a family member suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest may need assistance, for example. If it does happen, by performing CPR, their chances of survival are tripled. Statistics CPR Heart’s website show that nearly 90 percent of the time, cardiac arrests occur at home, which means CPR can significantly increase the chances of survival.

CPR Classes At School

By teaching CPR First Aid certification to students in every school, you are making a significantly safer community. You are also providing students with remarkable skill, one that they can further upgrade.

The good news is the number of states that have made CPR training a mandatory requirement for graduation from high school is gradually increasing. To put it in numbers, over a million students, from 21 states, are required to pass CPR training, according to the American Heart Association. Although some students may opt out of the training, provided they have their parents’ consent, many choose to go through with it.

These numbers can significantly reduce cardiac arrest deaths throughout the country. Imagine the results if every single high school, (and that’s more than 37,000 as recorded by SCA Aware), made CPR training mandatory.

Duration And Cost

The training could last anywhere between 30 minutes in a single session to a few hours of training split into several sessions. Students are taught to provide hands-only CPR. Upon completion, students receive a dedicated card that proves they’ve completed the training.

Most states and schools provide training for free. If there is any cost, it’s minimal, as they acquire training resources from the local fire departments or similar organizations.

Are There Any Consequences

According to the US News, a majority of states have passed good Samaritan Laws which are there to protect those that willingly provide first aid in life-threatening situations. This indicates there are no negative consequences for the person attempting CPR since such a situation is already dire.

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