Moore High Schools Receive CPR in Schools® Kits

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Moore High Schools Receive CPR in Schools® Kits
5700 N. Portland, Suite 203
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
405-415-3030
405-942-6616
www.heart.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 20, 2015
For more information contact:
Calley McGehee Herth
(405) 415-3039
[email protected]
Moore High Schools Receive CPR in Schools® Kits
OKLAHOMA CITY – Moore high schools are the second set of schools to receive CPR in Schools®
kits donated by Norman Regional Health System. The schools were presented three American Heart
Association (AHA) CPR in Schools Training Kits at the July 13 Moore Public Schools Board of
Education meeting.
“We are teaching the next generation of lifesavers – trained students save lives,” said Debbie Hite, AHA
Senior Executive Director. “A CPR in School Training Kit is designed to train 10 to 20 students at once,
and comes with everything needed to quickly and easily teach students.”
More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 90 percent of
those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do
something wrong. When people, not just doctors and EMTs, are equipped with the skills to perform
CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple.
Beginning the 2015-2016 school year, Oklahoma will require CPR training prior to high school
graduation. The CPR in Schools bill (HB 1378) was signed into law in May of 2014 making Oklahoma
the 16th state to implement the graduation requirement. Central Oklahoma has 224 high schools with
over 38,000 seniors that will be CPR-trained on an annual basis.
Learn how other schools are training their students to be lifesavers at heart.org/CPRinSchools.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death
in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and
provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s
oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call
1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the AHA’s CPR in Schools initiative
Since 2011, the American Heart Association has been working with communities and other organizations to prepare more
students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. Lawmakers in 22 states are requiring all students be
trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will
be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how
to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive.
To learn more about AHA’s CPR in Schools legislation, go to http://beCPRsmart.org.
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