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GUEST BLOG: Andre Talks CPR & Stayin' Alive

Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Andre Scott, a youth advocate and blog writer for the American Heart Association. CPR is a lifesaving skill we should learn for our loved ones and our community. CPR kits and manikins are always needed to teach my generation to learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

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Why Learn Hands-Only CPR?

Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease. It can come on suddenly or in the wake of other symptoms. Cardiac arrest is often fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the US. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the AHA, about 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.

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love.

On October 20, 2021, AHA staff stopped by Atascocita High School (my school) and donated lifesaving CPR kits and CPR manikins. With these CPR kit donations in two red duffel bags, my school will be able to teach CPR to the students on campus and prepare our faculty/students for any life-threatening moments such as falling unconscious, going under cardiac arrest, and/or loss of breathing (apnea). With the assistance of our Health Science teachers on campus, who teach students how to perform CPR, my high school will be able to give second chances to those in our community that suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. As heart disease and stroke stories concern me greatly, I knew this wonderful donation sent my way will save many lives for years to come.

Due to my advocacy work with the AHA, I was able to take pictures with my school principal, the two CPR duffel bags, and the American Heart Association staff to show our school pride and share more about this event with you guys! Thank you to all of our CPR instructors and the American Heart Association for providing the chance for our community to have second chances. I encourage you to learn CPR with these easy steps:

❤️Call 911

The telecommunicator on the other end of the line can assist you while getting the emergency help you need on the way.

❤️Music Can Save Lives

Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the song examples above.

❤️Take 90 Seconds to Learn How to Save a Life

Watch the 90-second video. Visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to CPR, and the AHA encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. You can find a CPR class near you at www.Heart.org/CPR.

Also, did you know CPR in Schools legislation was championed and passed by the American Heart Association in 2013 in Texas? - House Bill 897 by former Representative John Zerwas ensured all Texas students practice "hands-on" training with a manikin to learn the skills necessary to perform CPR before high school graduation. Also, the bill allows for collaboration with fire departments, EMS, hospitals, etc., to provide manikins along with the training. Any instructor or school district employee can also teach the course without holding certification. How cool is that! I can’t wait to learn CPR at Atascocita High School! Not from Texas? Want to learn more about whether CPR in schools is a law in your state? Check it out HERE.

Become an AHA Advocate like me! To make an impact on heart disease and stroke that our world needs the most. 40 years of Advocacy! www.yourethecure.org/join.

Talk to you guys next month!

Andre

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