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ND High School Graduates: The Next Generation of Lifesavers?

Training taught in schools is increasing the number of North Dakotans who know how to perform hands-only CPR. Credit: John Trainor/Flickr.
Training taught in schools is increasing the number of North Dakotans who know how to perform hands-only CPR. Credit: John Trainor/Flickr.
June 1, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. – This is National CPR Awareness Week and in North Dakota the number of people who are able to step up and save the life of someone with cardiac arrest is growing every year.

With approval from lawmakers in 2013, North Dakota is now providing funds for CPR training of students in both public and private schools, points out paramedic Valerie McDonald.

"Which means we've got like over 7,000 students graduating every year and that'll be that many more people who'll be out there who'll know how to do CPR,” she states. “And just doing hands-only, that's something that's easy to learn, it's just push hard, push fast."

According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S., but only about 40 percent of those people receive CPR from bystanders.

McDonald says performing hands-only CPR promptly on someone who's gone into cardiac arrest can make the difference between life and death.

"If they start CPR within the first three to five minutes, the chances of survival are much better and every minute that CPR is delayed the chances of survival decrease more and more," she stresses.


John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND