According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of the 420,000 who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests do not survive - CPR could double, even triple the persons chance of survival.
However, the American Heart Association reports only 32 percent of these people receive CPR from a bystander.
Teaching students CPR helps strengthen the American Heart Association's Chain of Survival.
“Hillsborough High School and Hillsborough Rescue Squad’s effort to train students is helping create the next generation of lifesavers,” Carleen Kelly, chair of the American Heart Association Central NJ Regional Board of Directors said in a press release. “Hillsborough High School and Hillsborough Rescue Squad’s proactive approach is a prime example in teaching our children a true life lesson."The American Heart Association explains the Chain of Survival as being a critical five step process:
- Early Access (know the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately)
- Early Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Early Defibrillation
- Early Advanced Care
- Integrated post-cardiac arrest care