Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) donated CPR kits to the Melrose-Mindoro and Black River Falls School Districts.
BRMH worked with the American Heart Association to bring the kits to area teachers and students. The program called CPR in Schools provides training kits that have 10 manikins, AED simulators, training video and more to train 10 to 20 students at a time.
“Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, so we have to find ways to emphasize the importance of knowing CPR to save the lives of family members and loved ones,” said Amy Yaeger, marketing director at BRMH. “Schools are integral parts of our communities and teaching life-saving CPR will help increase bystander CPR across all communities which empowers more people to act in an emergency and help save a life.”
Mark Lehnherr, physical education and health teacher at Black River Falls High School, said, “We are grateful for this donation which enhances our curriculum and could change the life of our students and their families.”
Lawmakers in 24 states are requiring all students be trained in skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive. To learn more about CPR in Schools legislation, go to http://beCPRsmart.org.