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Rantoul Illinois High School Awarded CPR Training Kit

Illinois is know for a lot of things: the Sears Tower and the Chicago Bears being two of the most popular. But did you know that State law requires Illinois high school students to be trained in CPR as part of their health class?

Through a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the American Heart Association every year select schools are presented with a CPR Training Kit to help.

The reason for this is called Lauren’s Law, named after Lauren Laman, a high school senior who went into cardiac arrest and later died.

It’s that tragic event that helps make this all possible. This year, Rantoul Township High School (RTHS) was awarded the CPR Training Kit.

“Someone could be on the street, maybe get hit by a car and you’re the only one there,” RTHS student William Storm said. “You need to know how to maybe help.”

When he’s not on the football field for the RTHS, Storm is learning lifesaving skills in Matt Leng’s health class.

Storm is also a lifeguard.

“You do sit and wait to do this,” Storm said. “So, sometimes you can forget to do some things.”

This class helps him at work.

“I think taking this class is a really good refresher on how to do all the steps,” Storm said.

One way to stay on beat with your chest compressions is “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees.

“We’re trying to teach kids how to use first-aid and any type of situation that warrants that and also try to save lives,” Leng said.

The CPR tool kit includes Manikins – automated external defibrillator training simulators.

“They will also get certified and trained in CPR for infants, children and adults,” said Leng.

Students earn school credit and get a two-year CPR certification.

Although storm doesn’t remember a time he had to perform CPR, if he had to, he’d be ready.

“CPR and first-aid is probably the most important thing you can know in the real world because you never know what could happen in your everyday life,” Storm said.

RTHS will receive the CPR toolkit in a few weeks. Last year, Urbana High School received a CPR training kit. Next year’s recipient hasn’t been announced yet.


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Nearly 40,000 Orange County Public School students will participate in a county–wide CPR training Thursday (09/26/19) in recognition of this week’s World Heart Day.

In partnership with the  American Heart Association, local fire crews will visit  25 school sites and tech centers to teach students “hands only” CPR.  The training will include checking vitals, assessing ABC’s (airway, breathing, circulation) and performing chest compression.

Jimmy Clarity of the American Heart Association said that the training will not only benefit the schools, but the community as a whole.

“Allowing more folks to be trained on CPR really gives us the best opportunity to create the healthiest city possible and the healthiest community possible.”

Clarity added that the annual event has proven its worth from students who have already shared life-saving stories of their own and that their experiences will make for a more prepared tomorrow.

“Ultimately, we want to make Orlando the safest community in the country and by training more of our students in hands-only CPR we are creating a future generation of lifesavers.”

According to the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent every minute CPR is delayed.  But if applied immediately, a person’s chances of survival can double or triple.


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CPR Can Help Victims of Drowning

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death between ages 1 and 4, and the No. 2 cause between ages 5 and 9. The latest national data show 702 U.S. children under age 15 drowned in 2017.

The figures are not broken down by ethnic group, but minorities may be at even greater risk. The USA Swimming Foundation reports 64% of African American children and 45% of Hispanic children have low or no swimming ability, compared to only 40% of white children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its recommendations for preventing drowning in children, ranging from vigilance at bath time and emptying buckets and wading pools immediately after use to teaching children to swim and encouraging teenagers to learn CPR.

If a drowning emergency should occur, every second makes a difference.

When tragedy strikes, start by calling 911 immediately. Get the victim to a safe area and assess for signs of life. If they’re not breathing normally, start CPR.

For drowning victims, the American Heart Association recommends CPR with chest compressions and rescue breaths.