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Train a Generation of Lifesavers

by Nancy V. on Thursday, June 6, 2013

In New Hampshire the survival rate for people suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest is about 8 percent. A cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival is much greater if someone nearby knows and gives CPR until EMTs arrive with a defibrillator.  That means the victim’s life is literally in the hands of bystanders.  We should ensure those bystanders have the skills and confidence they need to help save a person’s life by training all students CPR skills.  Teaching CPR before students graduate high school would put thousands of qualified lifesavers in our community year after year, to help our EMS professionals save lives. In recognition of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, help the AHA reach out to policy makers telling them the time is now to put CPR skills training into the high school curriculum.

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