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CPR Training Kits Donated to Westlake High School
Story Number is : 070217137
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), together with CPR in Schools sponsor Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, recently donated CPR in Schools Training Kit to Westlake High School in Thornwood to provide them with resources to train students in the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.

“With the gift of the CPR in Schools Training Kit, a new generation will have the knowledge and skills needed to save lives,” said Leonard B. Fogel, VP Business Development at Phelps Hospital, “Those most likely to benefit from this training will be family members and friends. We know from clinical experience that immediate CPR performed at the time of collapse can double or even triple chances of surviving cardiac arrest.”

Westlake School District has been supporting the AHA for more than years, and one of their schools has been doing Jump Rope For Heart for more than 20 years.
Hands-Only CPR training is a graduation requirement due to a law passed in 2015. New York was the 26th state to pass the law--the Class of 2016 was the first graduating class trained with Hands-Only CPR just one year ago. The kits will also provide training on the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, and teach first aid for choking victims.

“We are very encouraged that New York stands with 36 other states in making this training a requirement for high school graduation, and we applaud the American Heart Association’s unceasing advocacy efforts to pass this law to help save lives.”
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

There are two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR, 100 beats per minute.

Watch the AHA’s one-minute Hands-Only CPR video at To join the AHA’s You’re the Cure volunteer grassroots network to help pass lifesaving legislation, register online at

Developed by the American Heart Association, the trusted leader in heart health and education, this kit incorporates the very latest resuscitation science. Students practice on a manikin while watching skills performed correctly on the DVD, a research-proven way to learn and retain lifesaving CPR skills.
Each CPR in Schools Training Kit:

• Includes all tools needed to train 10-20 students at a time.
• Is reusable — one kit can train hundreds.
• Is portable for easy sharing. Students can also take home to train their family and friends.
• Is easily implemented — any educator can lead the training in one class period or less.
• Teaches Hands-Only CPR, CPR with breaths, AED skills and choking relief.
• Includes a facilitator guide to help train faculty, staff, parents, volunteers and community members, too.
• Offers implementation materials available online including lesson plan, pre- and post-tests for students, and facilitator training record.
“This is a win for the students of Westlake, and our community,” said Jennifer Miller, Senior Director, Westchester Region American Heart Association, “This donation will help train students for years to come, and make our community safer for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.”

To learn about sponsoring a CPR in Schools Training Kit in your community, contact Jennifer Miller at 914-806-0962 or by email:

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