This year we continued our campaign to make Nevada the 38th State to require Hands-On CPR training before high school graduation. I am so excited to announce that our CPR in Schools bill (Assembly Bill 85) flew through the legislative process with bipartisan support. Governor Sandoval signed this lifesaving policy into law on May 15th, and this could not have been accomplished without the support of volunteers like you!
Starting July 1, 2017, over 48,000 students across Nevada will be trained each year in CPR. We will have 48,000 additional lifesavers trained and ready to respond in a cardiac emergency.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death, with nearly 326,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring each year in the United States. It strikes suddenly and without warning, and what happens within the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Immediate bystander CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival.
Clark County Fire and Rescue responded to 748 people who suffered a cardiac arrest in 2013. Only 20% of those people received bystander CPR; while nationally, only 45.9% of witnessed cardiac arrests receive CPR from a bystander, prior to Emergency Medical Services’ (EMS) arrival. As a result, survival rates of a SCA are dismal, around 10-11%, often because the person who witnesses the cardiac event is not trained to react properly. Evidence shows that CPR initiated promptly by a bystander can double or even triple the chances of survival. With EMS response times exceeding 10 minutes in many areas in Nevada, the need for trained bystanders is extremely important.
The Clark County School District was an early adopter of the CPR in Schools program and the benefits can be seen in the testimonials below:
“Training our students in CPR prepares them to help others in their time of need. It’s easy to incorporate into the school day, and the students love the interactive nature of the training.”— Diane Towery Health Teacher, Fertitta Middle School, Clark County Nevada.
“Providing Middle School and high school students with life-saving training such as CPR allows them to confidently walk out into our communities and be prepared should a situation arise. Through classroom CPR training, students recognize the importance that a life could be saved by their efforts. The in-class training is easy, efficient and effective.”— Jaime Mikelson, Health Teacher, Greenspun Middle School, Clark County Nevada.
Thank you so much for your support throughout this campaign. We are very thankful to work on lifesaving legislation with dedicated advocates like you.