Seventy percent of Americans have no CPR training, a basic life-saving skill that could save the life of a loved one who has just suffered a heart attack or a stroke. In recognition of the need for this crucial training, this past Saturday Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Jackson Health Systems hosted CPR Day Miami at 10 District schools, where more than 1,000 participants, 11 years old and up were trained on how to save a life in case of a cardiac emergency.
“As a school system we are proud and incredibly happy to join other organizations for the benefit of our entire community,” said M-DCPS Superintendent Jose L. Dotres, who said the District hopes to expand the program at M-DCPS schools so that even more people can be trained to save lives. “We’re not only about educating students but also empowering their families. What is better or more important than CPR training?”
Trainee at Booker T. Washington Senior High gives CPR Miami Day two thumbs up!
The 30-minute training sessions, organized in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, provided hands-only CPR training and basic tips and instruction on how to respond to cardiac emergencies involving infants and adults. Participants also learned about infant choking and adult choking emergencies.
A Jackson Healthcare work teaches a participant how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.
"You never know when you're going to need to use life-saving skills like CPR. It can e at home, it can be at the grocery store, it can be at a school," said Deborah Koch, American Red Cross executive director. "Having a person in your family or in your circle who knows CPR very dramatically increases the odds of that person being saved"
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Miami Day participants prepare for life-saving training.
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