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“The manikins give immediate feedback so that class members can track, measure and improve their skills. Instructors also can monitor the results to quickly and accurately assist students with their technique,” Kujawa said.
In addition to the manikins, the donation includes four training AEDs (automatic-external defibrillators), removable manikin faces, face shields and cleaning supplies.
Items will be put to use starting March 19 when the Heartsaver CPR & AED Course with First Aid is offered to the public. Details about CPR classes are at www.washingtontwp.org/cpr.
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According to data from the American Heart Association, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when bystander CPR was administered.
The majority of cardiac arrests occurs at public settings (18.8 percent), mostly homes/residences (69.5%) and nursing homes (11.7%). More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year.
About 90 percent of cardiac arrest fatalities occur primarily because bystanders do not know how to start CPR or they don’t want to do something wrong, according to the American Heart Association.