Newton Medical Center announced today a collaboration with the American Heart Association and their CPR in Schools program. Through this program, Newton High School will receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit™, to train the next generation of lifesavers.
“We know that approximately 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, so knowing CPR can save the lives of family members and loved ones,” said Val Gleason, Newton Medical Center president & CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with the American Heart Association and USD 373 to provide this vital training for the youth of our community.”
Developed with lifesaving science and research from the American Heart Association, the leader in CPR programs, each CPR in Schools Training Kit is in an easy-to-carry bag and includes: 10 Mini Anne Plus® inflatable manikins; 10 kneel mats with carry bags; 10 practice-while-watching training DVDs; hand pump for manikin inflation; two mesh collection and storage bags; 50 replacement airways; 50 manikin wipes; and 10 replacement face masks. A lesson plan and a facilitator guide are also included with each kit.
The kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable – one kit can train hundreds of students.
Representatives from Newton Medical Center will present the kit to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the McKinley Administrative Center, 308 E. 1st Street in Newton.
About Newton Medical Center
Newton Medical Center is a 103-bed hospital in Newton, Kan., providing comprehensive medical care to those in Harvey and surrounding counties. Services and specialties include emergency medicine, surgical services, occupational medicine, home health and more. The hospital, which also includes 12 primary care and specialty clinics, is conveniently located at the intersection of I-135 and Highway 50. For more information, call (316) 283-2700 or visit newtonmed.com.
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. To learn more or to get involved in Wichita, please call 316-768-3830 or visit www.heart.org/wichita. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About CPR in Schools
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 34 states require 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.
Kansas does not currently require CPR training before high school graduation, but the American Heart Association supports legislation to change that. Last year, the American Heart Association helped train over 117,000 Kansas residents in CPR.