April 20, 2015
by Paul

Free Student CPR: What’s the catch?

CPR certification cards can cost schools anywhere from $2-$50/student. Some schools offer certification cards but require students to foot the bill, creating a financial gap of unequal opportunity.

Student CPR is able to provide schools with the following, all at no cost:

  1. Teacher training to become Skill Evaluators
  2. Online student curriculum
  3. Online dashboard (student management and grading)
  4. 2 year certification cards

The question we often get from school administrators is, “So..  What’s the catch?”

Are we waiting until you trust us to unleash something villainous?

They Suspect Nothing

Image: Giant gag

Allow me to answer this valid question by introducing the reason we are able to provide free certification cards to students nationwide:

ProTrainings is the “big brother” company that provides all the funding, curriculum development, and support that makes free student training a reality. In 2014, we were able to train 12,000 students in CPR, and our numbers are increasing every week as more and more schools register!

ProTrainings is dedicated to being “an open source for life-saving education in the world.” In fact, a little known fact about the company is that all of the CPR courses are freely accessible at no cost. Payment is only required at the end of a course for those needing to purchase a certificate. None of the training is hidden behind a firewall: this allows every person with internet connection the financial freedom to learn how to save a life.

See for yourself – register to take a course here http://www.procpr.org/en/courses *Hint, you can get all your teachers certified using the course ProFirstAid!

Student CPR is funded by work-place professionals across the world who choose to train and purchase certification through ProTrainings. Many occupations, such as health care professionals, teachers, day-care workers, coaches, and general labor professionals, are required to be certified in CPR for work. Because of this profit, ProTrainings is able to keep community outreach programs like Student CPR running!

So you see, we’re really not trying to “kaa-n” you with this students train free deal.

Rather, we hope you will take advantage of this program, and help us spread the word so more schools have access to excellent CPR training options for their students.

City High 2012

Instructor Roy Shaw with students at City High School

Visit studentcpr.com to learn more.

April 15, 2015
by Genevieve
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School CPR Legislation – The Quest for Safe Schools

United States High School CPR MapHalf the states in the U.S. will require or encourage CPR training for students in the 2015-2016 school year. States have entered into this legislative wave from a variety of circumstances: to respond to tragedy, to prevent tragedy, and to teach students social responsibility.

Oklahoma’s legislation began with a CPR Training Act named after Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed, two students who choked during school and passed away without intervention. Their stories have begun to pave the way for widespread CPR education across the U.S.

Mary Easley, the senator who penned the Oklahoma bill, stated, “I believe SB 618 could prevent future tragedies from happening in our schools. We worked with the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association as well as many other organizations to obtain funding, teaching materials and training courses. CPR is a skill that can save lives, and those that are charged with the care of our children should receive this vital training.”

Oklahoma’s legislation now goes beyond this first bill to include high school student CPR training as well. CPR intervention is a simple skill which increases survival odds dramatically, and it necessitates asking, “Why not train everyone?”

Photo Credit: mtsofan / flickr.com

Photo Credit: mtsofan / flickr.com

The American Heart Association has found that 1,000 people currently die each day from out of hospital cardiac arrest. These people often have perfectly sound hearts and no history of heart disease. Nine out of every ten people do not receive CPR attempts at all. Yet, when administered immediately, CPR has proven to double or triple survival rates.

Maryland named their bill after Breanna Sudano, a student who collapsed during a field hockey match and was saved because CPR attempts prolonged her life until an ambulance arrived.


Dr. Gaskin (left) helped save Sudano (right) when she collapsed. Photo by Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing

Sudano spoke with WBALTV after her recovery, saying, “.. If more people know CPR, more lives could be saved.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Unfortunately, many schools have similarly experienced cardiac arrest within their walls with differing outcomes. Due to efforts by parents, teachers, administrators, and friends, state legislation is going into effect in hopes to be better prepared for the future on every level.

Some states also pass legislation because they see the huge untapped potential for students to go outside their schools, into their communities, and save lives whenever the need arises.

“What we are doing is graduating generations of young people who will learn a skill who will populate every part of the state,” says Michaeline Fedder of the AHA .

Each student required to graduate with CPR training carries with them the potential to save a life.

Washington mandates a state legacy of communal responsibility and cultivates the expectation that students, when trained, will step in without hesitation. This line in the bill sums it up perfectly, “The legislature finds that schools are the hearts of our community, and preparing students to help with a sudden cardiac arrest emergency could save the life of a child, parent, or teacher… training students will continue the legacy.”

Photo: Superbatgirl14 / deviantart.com

Photo: Superbatgirl14 / deviantart.com

With the help of legislation, students around the U.S. can continue to follow in the footsteps of the socially concerned, and will have one more skill in their pocket to contribute to their societies.

Every student that’s trained is a potential life saved.

Pictures: Breanna Sudano w/ coachBatman Sign


January 7, 2015
by Paul

Classic Movie CPR: The Sandlot

CPR in Movies: The SandlotOne of the most memorable scenes of CPR in film comes from 1993’s The Sandlot. A magic moment, indeed.

“Michael Squints Palledorous walked a little taller that day and we had to tip our hats to him. He was lucky she hadn’t beat the crap out of him. We wouldn’t have blamed her. What he did was sneaky, rotten, low and cool…”

January 7, 2015
by Isaiah
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When CPR Fails

When CPR FailsPicture this: an average person (not a medical professional) is shopping for groceries. Ahead of them, a man in his late forties collapses and falls unconscious. The person sees this and, acting quickly, runs to the man and asks if he is okay. Seeing he is unconscious, the person calls 911 and begins performing CPR on the man.

EMS personnel arrive on the scene and take over. The man is rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

What could have been done differently?

Honestly, not a whole lot.

The thing that most people don’t know is that CPR, which stands for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, is ironically not intended to resuscitate a person at all. Its goal is to circulate enough oxygen to keep the brain from dying, but this process very rarely results in a person regaining consciousness.

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January 7, 2015
by Isaiah

CPR: Hollywood’s Miracle Cure (5 characters that never should have made it)

CPR in LOSTUndeniably, CPR is a valuable skill for people of any occupation. More people should know it, and more people should use it more often. It saves lives…

But not on its own.

The truth is that CPR is meant to extend the opportunity for professional medical services to arrive and take over; CPR on its own has an abysmally low rate of efficacy if unaccompanied by calling 911 or at least using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

The thing is, nobody told Hollywood.

As a result, movies and television are rife with portrayals of CPR being some miraculous cure-all for what Miracle Max would describe as being “mostly dead.” Let’s walk through some of them.

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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January 6, 2015
by Tyler
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4 Tools to Make CPR Student-Centric

School CPR“Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.” 
– David Ben-Gurion 

Ben-Gurion’s statement powerfully articulates the importance of understanding the 5 fears that stop people from providing bystander CPR in an emergency situation. Fighting these fears is essential for building the confidence a person needs to move from being a bystander who does nothing to a bystander who acts. Like the fears that Ben-Gurion faces, the fears that a bystander faces in an emergency are best fought with knowledge. The vital role that knowledge plays in creating confident rescuers in turn emphasizes the importance of creating student-centered CPR training.

While this may seem obvious, CPR training has historically emphasized control and consistency over student-centric learning. Tweaks to the intricate parts of CPR and large simplifications to the procedure have been focused on while the methods and tactics of how that knowledge is conveyed have been comparatively neglected.

The ProTrainings Student CPR program sees schools as a unique opportunity to not only reach a large pool of great potential rescuers but also as a favorable arena where there can be a balance of student-centric learning and consistent standards of education. The challenge in this is to create tools that can adapt to individual schools’ varying policies, classroom norms, technological capabilities, resources and time. While this will be a continuous journey, the program has already made great strides in this direction.

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December 18, 2014
by Genevieve

Building Confidence and Eliminating Fears

CPR FearsSo often in life we only award efforts that bring about success. Fear of failure permeates the culture we live in, and most people only stick out their necks if they are guaranteed the outcome is bright and full of gold stars, easy accomplishments, and success. This has created a world full of people scared to try anything that might fail.

As potential rescuers, it is important to fight off the mindset of success and failure. The goal of any CPR education should be to cultivate the bravery to try. The second your knees hit the pavement next to a victim, your compressions buy them time and the chance to live. Bravery is having a quality of mind that says, “I will help this person regardless of my fear, and regardless of the outcome.”

The following letter was written by one of Student CPR’s leading educators, paramedic Roy Shaw. He wrote to Lynn, a lay rescuer who attempted to revive her neighbor by administering CPR. The neighbor did not survive and Lynn wanted to know if she failed.

Hello Lynn,

It sounds like you’ve had a rough couple of days.  First, because a neighbor and potentially their friends and family members are experiencing a living nightmare right now, and secondly, because you may be feeling like you did not do enough, or do it well enough.

These feelings are very normal, and not because you did anything wrong.  It’s just normal to feel sad that the situation did not turn out the way we would have wanted it to.  The fact that you did any CPR at all means that you gave this gentleman a chance at survival.  Please remember, CPR is not designed to save lives directly.  Its purpose is to slow down the process of moving from clinical death to biological death in order to possibly intervene with advanced life support and buy more time to get the person to the hospital. CPR can sometimes help the body respond to the medications and electrical therapy but it does not take away the reason the person went into cardiac arrest in the first place in most cases.  There can be so many reasons why a patient goes into cardiac arrest and why they seemingly don’t respond.  It’s important to remember that your neighbor was already clinically dead when you arrived by their side.  You gave them and their family members a wonderful gift.  You moved out of your comfort zone and gave this person a second chance at survival.  Something they wouldn’t have had if you wouldn’t have tried.  The fact that your neighbor did not survive cardiac arrest does not take anything away from your efforts and your compassion.

You acted bravely and selflessly.  That is not the norm in our culture.  You are the exception and I say well done!  Please, be at peace knowing that the most experienced and effective rescuers don’t always achieve the outcome that others wish would happen.  True rescuers try their best to make a possibility for a tomorrow, regardless of the outcome and make the world a more loving place and show the world compassion by doing so.

Be at peace knowing that you did a wonderful act of love and compassion.

Most sincerely,


November 18, 2014
by Paul

Teen in Missouri saves Baby with CPR in Walmart

Abby SnodgrassAnother teenage hero has saved a life thanks to the CPR she learned in high school. Hillsboro High School student Abby Snodgrass was in a Walmart dressing room when she heard a distressed mother call for help.

Abby ran from the dressing room and found a crowd gathered around a mother with an 11-month-old infant girl. The child’s mother was panicked and no one was doing anything to help save the child’s life.

Because of Abby’s CPR class a few months earlier, she knew what to do. She performed chest compressions, and the child began breathing again.

Jesse Barton, the Valle Ambulance District Chief, told KSDK that CPR training began for Hillsboro school district’s high school students in the fall of 2013 – and that ‘By the end of this year we will have taught it to around 600 kids.’

If you would like to bring CPR training to your high school, register today!

Missouri hasn’t yet made CPR mandatory for high school graduation, but given the current trend, it’s only a matter of time.

via People

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