Hundreds of Local High School Students Set to Learn CPR Training
More than 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, and when a person goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediate action by bystanders .
AHN St. Vincent Hospital President, Dr. Chris Clark, says, "It makes a really big difference. If someone goes into cardiac arrest outside the hospital and if someone doesn't attend to them and give them CPR, their chances of surviving, are really really limited."
Students in three local high schools will soon get the chance to learn CPR and potentially use those skills to save someone's life. CPR kits were shown off Tuesday at Allegheny Health Network St. Vincent Hospital.
It comes from a $25,000 dollar grant from Highmark to support the American Heart Association training program that will teach students at Erie High, Collegiate Academy, and McDowell High Schools to learn CPR.
Jacob Gustafson knows this well. He's a local high school student who is also a volunteer firefighter in Millcreek. He recently saved the life of a woman during a call for a cardiac arrest patient. He posed with her Tuesday at the hospital and talked to us, sharing these words about the experience he had.
"We didn't meet on the best terms you can meet someone, but meeting her today was actually outstanding. I don't actually think there is another feeling to describe that you helped save."
The grant will fund five training kits, which will be used to train more than 900 students.