Students at Page High School will soon learn valuable life-saving skills thanks to a generous donation by the American Heart Association and Williamson Medical Center (WMC).
The two organizations presented Page High Principal Dr. Shane Pantall with two CPR kits at the September 17 School Board meeting.
The kits will help teach students how to perform hands-only CPR in order to help someone in the case of emergency. Hands-only CPR doesn’t include the mouth-to-mouth breaths and consists of two steps: call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.
“Hands-only CPR makes a difference in a lot of peoples’ lives,” said WMC Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director Mark King. “I know these kits will provide a lot of great education.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital in the U.S. every year. Approximately 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims outside of the hospital die, but CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.