If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Sadly, that happens less than 14 percent of the time outside of the hospital. Cardiac Arrest isn’t limited to individuals with heart disease. There are many reasons cardiac arrest may occur, and only rapid intervention can improve that person’s chances for survival. Our CPR initiative is designed to give any high school that goes through the program an opportunity to be better prepared whenever someone suffers an unexpected cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops functioning as it should and can no longer pump blood to the brain or vital organs. Nearly 38 people an hour suffer a cardiac arrest at home, work, or even church — that is 420,000 people on an annual basis. MySafe:LA instructors teach thousands of people hands-only CPR every year, including both adults and students in area high schools.
In California, Assembly Bill 1719 requires that students complete a hands only CPR course prior to graduation. The bill provided no funding for this requirement, and many schools are unable to support the training. MySafe:LA is a valued partner in this endeavor.
The MySafe:LA instructors who deliver hands-only CPR are experienced with both adult and high school CPR training. All members have successfully completed first-responder CPR and AED training. If the LAFD joins us in teaching CPR, all of their LAFD members are EMTs, and many are Paramedics. All MySafe:LA educators are EMRs or EMTs, and several are paramedics.
Teaching high school students how to perform hands-only CPR is simple, easily retainable, and creates a more resilient campus. A complete Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) is an essential component to every 21st Century learning center’s readiness capabilities. To learn more about how a CERP can impact your high school, please see the attached American Heart Association Policy Brief.
MySafe:LA is supporting the creation of CERP in Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. The developmental process includes: