Berlin Middle School students learn Hands-Only CPR with the American Heart Association

BERLIN — The American Heart Association and Catholic Medical Center presented Berlin Middle School with a CPR in Schools Kit.

More than 40 students gathered in the auditorium to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR using the contents of the kit. Dr. Daniel Van Buren, a cardiologist with Androscoggin Valley Hospital at CMC’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute, shared with students how they can be a critical link in the chain of survival by learning this technique and taking quick action.

According to a release submitted by the American Heart Association, the CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief.

The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of schools. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the heart association and incorporates the latest science.

Any educator or student can facilitate the 30-minute session as students practice on a Mini Anne Plus manikin while watching and learning CPR skills on the DVD. This method is a research-proven way for students to learn and retain the lifesaving skills of CPR. Students can learn hands-only CPR or CPR with breaths. Students can take home a manikin and DVD from the kit to train family and friends too.

Here are some reasons why New Hampshire’s young people should learn hands-only CPR:

• Learning this skill creates a generation of lifesavers.

• Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and youth are often called upon to help.

• According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.

• CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

• Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without bystander CPR. In New Hampshire’s rural communities, CPR is even more critical to a victim’s chances of survival.

• Only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help.

• If called on to give CPR in an emergency, it will most likely be to save the life of a loved one: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

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