Local Middle School Students get CPR Training

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Updated: 11/13/2012 6:16 pm

        Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States and it’s the leading cause of death. Would you know what to do if someone suddenly went into cardiac arrest?

A local school feels it’s very important for their students to know what to do.

Regence and the American Heart Association have teamed up to teach students across the state of Idaho the essentials of CPR with these mannequins.

“We felt this was an important project for us to get involved in because we know that having more people know CPR can really save lives here in Idaho” said Scott Thompson, Media Relations Manager for Regence BlueShield of Idaho.

That’s because only 41% of people who experience cardiac arrest at home or in public, get the immediate help they need before emergency help arrives.

Regence and the American Heart Association are teaching 7th and 8th grade students how to perform CPR in hopes that they will be able to jump in and save someone’s life if needed.

“We feel that they have the physical capability and the mental capability to be able to do CPR, we don’t’ want to get kids too much younger because they wouldn’t necessarily have the physical strength to do it” continued Thompson.

Regence has even helped fund CPR kits the kids can take home and practice with.

“Yeah I’m really happy cuz then I can teach all my family members and I’m going to Denver for Thanksgiving and all my family is there so I’ll be able to teach all of them” said 8th grader Ian Whyte.

Over 375 students at eagle rock middle school have now received CPR training.

Part of the student’s homework is to go home and teach at least 5 other people how to perform CPR.



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