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CPR in Schools. Saving Lives!

 

Guest Blogger: Ben Schmauss, Government Relations Director, NV

 Thanks to the hard work of our You’re the Cure Advocates in 2013, we were successful in passing Assembly Bill 414 in the Nevada State Legislature which would require hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students when funding was available.  Because funding was not yet available to implement CPR in schools statewide, we immediately began working with our school districts to identify ways that we could implement this law and save lives.  

The Las Vegas Division AHA Board, staff and volunteers went to work advocating for the addition of hands-only CPR to the Clark County School District (CCSD) mandatory 8th grade and high school health curriculum. In August of 2015, our volunteers and staff were successful, as CCSD’S Board of Trustees approved $143,519.70 specifically designated for instructional supplies for CPR.  CCSD is the 5th largest school district in the nation, and this new effort will train over 40,000 students a year.

The picture is AHA Volunteer and Survivor, Steve Schauer, and myself supporting the life changing and lifesaving power of Hands Only CPR. 

Thank You CCSD, the Las Vegas AHA Board, volunteers and supporters. You made this possible. Many lives will be saved because of this instruction. We have already identified two students that have used this life saving training received in CCSD health classes to save a loved one. Stay tuned - more to come on those stories soon!

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