Thanks to a partnership between Allied Services Integrated Health System and the American Heart Association, a potential life-saving donation was recently made to Holy Cross High School.
Representatives from both organizations were in Dunmore to present the school with a CPR in Schools Training Kit™. The kit is specifically designed to help schools meet the required cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) curriculum that was signed into law in June of 2019.
In Pennsylvania, the law requires schools to teach “hands-only” CPR, a no-breath, compression-only method that the American Heart Association recommends in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The law also states that the lessons must include the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).
The CPR in Schools Training Kit™ includes 10 “mini-Annie” inflatable manikins, watch-while-training DVDs, and a facilitator guide, as well as 10 AED trainers, and much more.
“The kit contains everything that staff needs to teach the hands-only method of CPR in one class period, as well as AED use and choking relief” noted Amy Skiba, Senior Director of Development American Heart Association.
About 90 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest do not have a good outcome. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the annual partnership between Allied Services and the American Heart Association aims to raise awareness about heart-related emergencies and the signs and symptoms of a stroke. As one of the nation’s leading stroke rehabilitation providers, Allied Services is enthusiastic to educate the community and students on both the warning signs of a stroke and cardiac-related issues – and how their rapid response could save a life.
“Because of our partnership with the American Heart Association, we are able to make an investment in saving lives, through educating the community and providing the tools needed for direct teaching and practice of this life-saving technique. We want all students and educators to have the opportunity to learn CPR and recognize the signs of a stroke, thereby putting more qualified lifesavers in our communities” remarked Jim Brogna, Vice President Allied Services.
In addition to Skiba and Brogan, Holy Cross principal BenTolerico and Alex Highley of the school’s health and physical education faculty were on hand for the presentation.