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

July 23, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw

Brothers invent outstanding CPR device

(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

You can tell that John and Christopher Di Capua are bright young men with  the ambition to help people and make CPR more efficient and effective. What started as a high school research project has now turned into a product with a purpose to save lives. CPR is a lifesaving skill, but oftentimes, people get tired, or there is only one rescuer. The product they invented made both of these problems all but obsolete.

“Less than 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander live to tell about it. Nearly 400,000 people every year — more than 1,000 every day — receive CPR from a bystander,” notes an article from USA Today. The statistics are daunting, but they should never keep us from performing CPR on someone; you never know if the person you help will be the one to live.

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July 23, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw

Teen girls rescue drowning paddle boarder

Teenage Girl HeroesThree teenage girls noticed a paddle board floating on lake, and floating next to it, a man face down in the water. Jessie Page, Zoe Farrell, and Alexis Koester  jumped into the water and swam over to the man, unaware of whether he was alive. They thought he might have been floating for fun, but when they saw him face-down, they knew something more serious was going on.

“I tapped him and we got no response, so we flipped him over and got him up on his board,” said Koester. The man coughed a little, but showed no other signs of reviving. The girls pushed the board to the dock, where their friends helped lift the man onto the dock.

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July 3, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw

High School Student saves Father’s life with CPR

Paul Watson

Paul Watson, a junior at Franklin high school, is an aspiring public safety figure.  When Watson heard his mother scream upstairs, he raced up to find out what was wrong and found his father unconscious on the kitchen floor. Watson is part of the Warren Country Criminal Justice program, where he was trained in CPR and emergency response.

“We had to stay calm,” Watson said. “I kept up the chest compressions, and the lady on 911 said to only do those, not the breathing.” He continued compressions until emergency services arrived. He credits his quick thinking to his recent training at WCCC. “The heart doctor said that without CPR, my dad would have died,” Watson said. “My dad is doing well and now out of the hospital.”

The young hero said that that he, along with the other students, participated in practice drills so they would be ready to respond to any emergency. He didn’t think he’d use the skills at home.

“I believe that this unfortunate event had a positive outcome, because Paul Watson paid attention in class and was able to replicate his training under extreme stress,”  instructor Jeff Piper noted. “Because of his calm demeanor and immediate action Mr. Watson, Paul’s father, is alive today.”

Watson isn’t 100% of what career he wants to follow, but one thing he knows for sure: “I want to help people.”

All of the students who attend Watson’s high school take part in a CPR program directed by the school nurse, Sharon Moeller. “Everyone should know CPR/AED and First Aid in case they are somewhere and an emergency arises,” Moeller says. “It is important to know for home and in the workplace.”

Her words are true for Paul Watson, who’s father lived because of his actions.

Do you want your student equipped with this lifesaving skill? Submit your school for our free CPR program.

Source: Dayton Daily News

June 27, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw
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Plant High School Staff saves Student after Collapse on Race Track

Plant High School student is saved with CPRDuring a physical education test, a 16-year-old student dropped on the race track of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. The first witness to the accident was Carrie Mahon, a coach of 12 years at the high school, notes that this is a first for her; she’s never seen a student fall over unresponsive before.  “We got on the radio and called for help,” she said.

Mahon wasn’t the only one who got involved in the rescue. Laura Figueredo, the assistant principal for the past 28 years at the high school said, “I heard coach Mahon call for the nurse and I could tell by her voice that it was something serious. Seeing the situation was the scariest thing I have ever seen in my life.”

Grabbing an automated external defibrillator (AED) from a concession stand 20 ft. away, the school nurse began CPR while Figueredo assisted with the AED. They had to use the AED twice, but the boy thankfully began to breath again before emergency services arrived and took him to Tampa General Hospital.

If you use a defibrillator on a victim within 3 minutes of their going unconscious, the chance that they will survive increases by 74%. The Principal of the school, Robert Nelson noted that he is “looking into having every staff member trained to use an AED Defibrillator.”

Student CPR is a program designed to educate and equip school faculty, staff, and students alike so that should an accident occur, schools are empowered to rescue the valuable individuals who attend and work there. You can submit your school for our free CPR program, so that students there can learn CPR and give them the skills to potentially rescue a victim confidently should the need ever arise.

Source: 10 News

Mr. Cory Davis and Miss Liz Lindgren

June 4, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw

CPR Success: Teenage girl saves motorcyclist

Help came just in time for a Minnesota motorcyclist. Liz Lindgren, a soft spoken but courageous student from Champlin Park High School, was driving with her family to her sister’s school. They were  going through a curve in the road when a motorcycle in front of them switched lanes, turned too quickly, and his muffler hit the ground. Liz said, “he just went flying into the air and hit one of the  bridge supports and landed on the other side of the median. My sister ended up calling 911.”

Liz had learned CPR from her Health and Physical Education teacher, Mr. Cory Davis.

“Mr. Davis said most likely you’ll never have to use CPR, and if you do it’ll probably be on a close friend or family member,” said Liz.  I thought, ‘Wait a minute, am I actually going to have to use it?” Liz and her sister ran over to where the motorcyclist was, who was showing no signs of life. Liz began performing CPR immediately with 30 chest compressions. “If I had to, I was going to do two breaths, but then he started moaning and his eyes were starting to move.” Emergency Responders arrived soon after that and took the man to the hospital.

CPR requirement for high school students

Across the country, states have started to pass bills to legislate CPR training for high school graduation. In Minnesota, where Liz was trained, this requirement goes into effect in Fall 2014. These laws to require CPR training are being met with both support and criticism. It’s hard to argue that CPR training is not important after hearing a story like Liz’s. However, many of these bills don’t address the how schools are expected to pay for the training, which can be quite expensive.

In an attempt to help schools train their students, ProTrainings is offering a free student CPR program for any school that applies. As part of the program, the company will train teachers as skill evaluators to conduct the manikin evaluation for the students. The actual CPR course takes place online with video training and an online multiple choice test. Removing this cost has been a life saver for some schools who were struggling to come up with the funds to implement the training. As of the end of the 2013-2014 school year, over 18,000 students have taken the course.

As a result of the mandatory training, Liz and her sister knew exactly what to do to react in an emergency.

“My sister and I had just gotten certified that year, so it was kind of fresh in our minds,” said Liz. “My parents wouldn’t have known what to do. If my sister and I couldn’t have done it, we would have just had to wait for the ambulance. Learning CPR is never a waste of time, because it saved someone’s life.”

May 27, 2014
by Elizabeth Shaw

New from Illinois: Lifesaving Law Passes

high-school-students-1192915-mThe benefits of learning CPR seem like a pretty big no-brainer to me, especially when it comes to learning it before graduating high school. However, it’s an issue that some need to be sold on.

The senate in Illinois have voted to pass a bill with a goal: saving lives. It will require high school students to be trained in CPR before graduation. I can see the rolling orbs of annoyance now, “Ugh, it’s just another class I have to take,” to which I say something that is echoed by thousands; CPR isn’t a class, it’s a life-skill. And good news: it isn’t a whole new class you’d have to take, it’d just be included in the health classes already required in Illinois high schools.

Representative Daniel Burk holds a similar view. He is the chief sponsor of House Bill 3724, a bill that would require learning how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation effectively. But wait–things are going to get fancy.  The bill will also require students in Illinois high schools to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their health classes as well.

Law language aside, I don’t really like the language ‘mandate’, ‘requirement,’ and ‘have to.’ Students could now be able to learn CPR for free. They’d be learning life saving procedures that are not difficult to learn and can make a world of difference to a fellow human being in need.

The House voted on the bill in April, passing it with a majority vote of 100-12. The Senate Education Committee approved the bill on May 6. It was then passed by the Senate on May 21st.

If the bill is signed by the governor, Illinois will be 18th in the line of states with this law.

ProTrainings is now offering CPR training for students. They can learn at their own pace, and the training is 100% free, which takes away the “unfunded mandate” argument.  With ProTrainings’ Students Train Free program, there’s no reason why not to train students in CPR, unless you are against saving lives.

You never know when a person is going to pass out on the street, in a cafe, in your school, or in your own home. It could be a teacher, a family member, a stranger, or a friend. If you don’t know CPR, how are you going to help them? 92,000 people are saved by CPR every year, which is wonderful! However, what if the people who saved them hadn’t taken the time to learn CPR? Those people they saved would not have had a second chance at life. Someday, that person might be you.

Sources: swnewsheraldKelliCline.comProTrainings

April 30, 2014
by Paul

In Maryland, CPR is Mandatory for High School Graduation

MarylandEarlier this month, the governor of Maryland signed the bill known as Breanna’s Law. It was named for a Baltimore County student whose life was saved by someone that knew CPR.

The new law also requires the students to learn how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrilator).

The new CPR requirement begins with the freshman class entering high school in the fall of 2015. That doesn’t mean schools in Maryland can’t get started immediately, though. You can bring free CPR training to Maryland high school students, today.

November 18, 2013
by Paul

Student saves Brother with CPR learned in High School

Derrick Kelson and Trevon KelsonAnother great story about a high school student putting their CPR skills to the test.  Fifteen-year-old Derrick Kelson saved his brother Trevon a few weeks ago, after Trevon began to have a seizure which caused him to stop breathing.  Derrick had been playing a video game when another of his brothers ran downstairs to tell him that Trevon wasn’t breathing.  Their mother was already on the phone with 911, but was crying and too upset to follow instructions.  That’s when Derrick took over.

He knew exactly what to do, even though the 911 operator was walking him through the directions, and acted out his training.  While the operator was helpful, it was the training that helped with his confidence that he was doing everything right.

Derrick thinks, like we do, that everyone should be trained in CPR.  The Beaufort County School District, where Derrick took CPR at Bluffton High School, has taken steps toward that future.  Last year they required all coaches, at all schools, to be certified in CPR – whether they are paid or volunteer.

For more, visit Bluffton student saves brothers life after learning CPR in class