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Regional offering CPR to students

December 01, 2008

The Indiana Department of Education Health Standards has made CPR a significant part of the curriculum for all ninth grade students in Vigo County.

In an effort to ensure that all Vigo County freshmen receive the CPR training, Terre Haute Regional Hospital will be providing the training to the students.

After his staff in the Emergency Room at Terre Haute Regional Hospital had spoke to him about offering the course, Dr. Kayur Patel approached Danny Tanoos, Superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation with the idea.

Within the ninth grade health curriculum, students develop and apply injury prevention and management strategies for personal, family and community health.

On Monday, January 5 at 8:30 a.m. all of the freshmen at Terre Haute South Vigo High School will meet in the auditorium for a kick off of this important and exciting program.

At 9 a.m. there will be a press conference in the South Vigo Media Center with Tanoos, Dr. Patel, Jackie Lower, president of the Vigo County Board of School Trustees, Holly Pies of the Vigo County School Corp. and the principals of all Vigo County High Schools.

Statistics from the American Heart Association demonstrate the importance of CPR. Consider the following:

  • About 75 percent to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
  • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
  • Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
  • Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
  • Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
  • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.

For more information contact Mindy Balka, Regional Hospital at 237-9585 or Holly Pies at 462-4459.

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