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Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour goes to Indianapolis

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.

It’s a frightening number the AHA hopes to reduce by training people on life-saving Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.

On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour will make its way to the Indiana Statehouse.

During the free 30-minute training sessions, attendees will learn the two steps of hands-only CPR.

Emcees will perform CPR to songs that are 100 – 120 beats per minute, which is the rate CPR should be performed.

Hands-only CPR, when performed correctly, can be just as effective as conventional CPR and can triple a person’s chance of survival, according to the AHA.

Look out for the mobile tour set-up at the corner of North Senate Avenue and Robert Orr Plaza.

Indianapolis is the final stop of a nine-state tour funded by the American Heart Association and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

Follow the link for more information about the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour.

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Sixth Grader Saves Life With CPR

Thanks to 11-year-old  Skylar Berry, 6th grade classes at Orchard Elementary School are a little different than usual. That’s because Berry is adamant that all her peers learn CPR.

Students huddle around Berry as she demonstrated hands-only CPR. Her classmates are learning simple chest compressions to the beat of the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”

So why is this 6th  grader so passionate about CPR? She recently used it to save a friend’s life at a birthday pool party. The kids were playing in the pool when they realized that one of their friends was at the bottom. They dragged him out and realized he wasn’t breathing. Checking his pulse, Berry knew she only had one choice to try and save his life.

“It was pretty cool. I’ve never seen an 11-year-old do CPR on another kid. It was so relieving,” says the birthday boy, David Baltzley.

A little overwhelmed by all the attention, the boy is back in school, feeling just fine. Berry credits the Sacramento Metro Fire Department and their Fire Camp for teaching her about CPR and water safety. She’s hoping to spend whatever free time she has this school year to teach others to save lives, including spreading the word about her new CPR club.

“We want to teach other kids that real life situations are no joke,” Berry explains. “It’s no time to mess around.”



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.