American Heart Association and PNC Bank provide life-saving training tools to Dauphin County high school

Every year in the United States, there are more than 23,000 youth who experience a cardiac emergency outside of a hospital and almost 40 percent of those are sports-related. CPR, especially if performed immediately, could double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival[1].

That is why the American Heart Association, the worldwide leader in resuscitation science and education, along with sponsor, PNC Bank, recently presented a CPR & First Aid Anywhere Training Kit to Central Dauphin East High School. The CPR & First Aid Anywhere Training Kits contain everything needed to facilitate CPR, AED and first aid training for hundreds of learners including video-based instruction, inflatable practice manikins and an AED training simulator.

“Giving schools the ability to train their students in this important life-saving skill will have an impact that reaches far beyond the school’s campus,” said Molly Emrich, school engagement director for the American Heart Association. “Training today’s students will add thousands of new lifesavers to our community and help the American Heart Association realize our goal of doubling cardiac arrest survival by 2030.”

The goal of the American Heart Association’s Nation of Lifesavers initiative is to turn bystanders into lifesavers, so that in the time of cardiac emergency anyone, anywhere is prepared and empowered to become a vital link in the chain of survival and provide CPR. In a consumer survey, 70% of respondents said they were not confident they would respond with CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Quick, simple and easy-to-learn, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective in the first few minutes as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public[2].

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(From left to right) Molly Emrich, school engagement director, American Heart Association; Ellen Kyzer, vice president and director of client and community relations, PNC Bank; Blake Milbrand, development director, American Heart Association; Dr. Luther Green Jr., principal, Central Dauphin East High School; and Janet Hock-Balli, health and physical education teacher, Central Dauphin East High School