More states add CPR training in schools, but national requirement is needed
By Lindsay Davis, Special to USA TODAY High School Sports February 20, 2017
What if what we knew could save a life? What if we had the power to prevent tragedies? What if this knowledge only took minutes to learn?
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), every hour at least 38 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in the United States. This adds up to more than 300,000 annually.
Almost 90% of those who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die and only 46% of cardiac arrest victims get administered CPR before professional help arrives, according to the AHA.
Many of these could be prevented if more of the public was trained in how to perform CPR. February is American Heart Month with one of its goals being increased awareness and training to help with the silent epidemic of preventable deaths associated with cardiac arrest. Read more…