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

October 24, 2013
by Paul

Illinois introduces Bill to Require CPR and AED Training for High School Students

Illinois CPR and AED High School RequirementWe just got an e-mail from someone informing us that the state of Illinois has introduced a bill that would require CPR and AED training for all high school students.  It would become a requirement for high school graduation, and begin with the 2014-2015 school year.

Illinois House Bill 3724 was introduced in the Illinois House yesterday (October 24, 2013) by Rep. Daniel J. Burke.  Here is the text from the current version of the bill.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized certifying organization) and how to use an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a basis for curricula in all secondary schools in this State and shall be a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma.

Let’s hope that this passes to bring this life-saving skill into the hands of students in another state.  We’re ready to serve schools nationwide, so if you are in Illinois, and want us to bring our training to your school, submit your school to learn CPR today.

Thanks to Stephen for sending us an e-mail about this!

October 7, 2013
by Paul

CPR taught in the Classroom can help Triple Cardiac-Arrest Survival Rate

danish flagDenmark has made CPR one of their top priorities, and today people there are three times more likely to survive a cardiac arrest than a decade ago.  Let’s take a look at some numbers for comparison:

In 2001:

Bystander CPR on Cardiac Arrest Victims: 22%
Cardiac Arrest Victims who arrive at a Hospital Alive: 8%
Patients alive after 30 days: 3.5%
Patients alive after one year: 3%

In 2010:

Bystander CPR on Cardiac Arrest Victims: 45%
Cardiac Arrest Victims who arrive at a Hospital Alive: 22%
Patients alive after 30 days: 11%
Patients alive after one year: 10%

How did they accomplish these increases?  For one, Denmark made important changes that improved care from both hospitals and emergency medical services.  And, in 2005, they launched a national effort to teach their residents CPR.  They gave out 150,000 instructional kits, and kids started to learn CPR as early as elementary school.  They also required teens to learn CPR to get their driver’s license.

Now, in the United States, there are about 300,000 people who suffer from a cardiac arrest each year, outside of the hospital.  Thanks to the efforts of lawmakers across the country, and people like you, states are beginning to pass laws making CPR mandatory for high school graduation.  There are also some states where CPR is mandatory for teachers to have their license to teach.

Submit your school to learn CPR today.

via USA Today

September 24, 2013
by Paul
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A Letter about CPR Certification before Graduation from Dr. Anne B. Curtis

Girls at Union learn CPRI saw this letter yesterday on Buffalo News, and reached out to Dr. Anne B. Curtis to ask for permission to re-print it here as well.  I feel it helps to concisely underscore the need for all high school students to learn CPR.  Here’s the letter:

Teach every student how to perform CPR

The Sept. 12 reports of the 10-year-old girl saved with CPR at Veronica Connor Middle School earlier that week demonstrate once again the lifesaving potential of CPR. Congratulations to the school officials and teachers for calling 911 and beginning CPR; they are to be commended for their quick action.

The assistant principal on scene took the time to learn CPR and was prepared to act. This story is a poignant reminder of why everyone should take just a few minutes to learn CPR.

CPR can double or triple survival rates for victims. With the American Heart Association’s new guidelines for hands-only CPR, it’s easier than ever to teach, learn and perform. There are two simple steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

If someone in your family, or a neighbor, or someone in the grocery store collapsed of sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Of the nearly 400,000 people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, the vast majority do not survive. We could change this if more people simply learned CPR.

I strongly encourage all of our local schools to train their students in CPR before they graduate high school so that our community will be filled with individuals who know how to respond in this type of emergency. In addition, I hope our area lawmakers will lead the way in passing legislation ensuring all students learn this lifesaving skill before graduation.

I wish this young student and her family the very best and a speedy recovery.

Anne B. Curtis, M.D., F.A.C.C.

UB Distinguished Professor

Department of Medicine


September 18, 2013
by Paul

Teen girl and her brother save their Father with CPR learned in High School

Kids save Father with CPRIn Kingston, Washington, two siblings performed CPR, and helped save their father’s life after he went into cardiac arrest in late April.  It was a Sunday afternoon and Mark Potter, 53, had been mowing the lawn.  His daughter Kyleigh, 14, came around a corner and found her father unconscious and not breathing.  He was sitting in a chair in the yard.  Kyleigh screamed for help, and several 911 calls were made.  Mark’s wife, Suzie, and a family friend lowered him to the ground.  Zach, his 20-year-old stepson, joined Kyleigh by his side, and together they performed life-saving CPR until paramedics arrived.  Ten days later, Mark walked out of the hospital, and is doing great today.

Just two weeks prior, Kyleigh had been practicing CPR in her ninth grade class at Kingston High School.

It’s stories like these that keep us going, hoping to bring our program to every high school student across the country.

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