Beyond Extra Credit: NC A&T Students to Lead American Heart Association CPR Effort
GREENSBORO, Sept. 1, 2018 – In addition to their regular fall classes, 60 North Carolina A&T State University students spent a morning learning how to save a life. In partnership with the American Heart Association, NC A&T purchased 12 CPR in Schools Kits to train students to become ambassadors and facilitators to teach Hands-Only CPR on their campus and in the community. The goal is to make sure there is a “lead” in every building on campus who is trained in CPR. The 60 trained ambassadors will then move into the Triad community, training community centers, churches, and local businesses to be life savers.
“I’m excited to see such a large, enthusiastic and dedicated group of students devoting themselves to the battle against heart disease. The capability to intervene immediately for sudden cardiac arrest is crucial knowledge of enormous importance to the campus, community, and to our individual families. The care and effort shown by these insightful young men and women today will save lives tomorrow,” shared David Wagner, III, MD, Director Student Health Center for North Carolina A & T State University.
Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. CPR can triple one’s chance of survival if compressions are performed in the first few minutes.
Developed by the American Heart Association, the CPR in Schools program allows students to practice CPR on a manikin while watching skills performed correctly on a DVD. Schools across the country that participate in the program are equipped with a CPR in Schools Kit which includes 10 Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins, practice-while-watching training DVDs, AED training simulators, a Facilitator Binder that contains lesson plans, replacement face masks and other materials to help ensure a successful and educational program.
For more information about CPR in Schools, visit www.heart.org/cprinschools.
To learn how you can help in a cardiac arrest emergency, visit: www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR. Watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.