A donation from the oil and gas industry means good things for the health of Cushing High School.
Willbros, a local energy infrastructure contractor, gave funds to the American Heart Association. The AHA, in turn, used the funds to provide a cardiopulmonary resuscitation device.
The CPR in Schools kit was presented June 29 to CHS.
This donation comes after the state of Oklahoma signed the CPR in Schools bill into law, requiring all Oklahoma students to have CPR training before high school graduation beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
Each training kit is designed to teach the core skills of CPR in less than 30 minutes and serve as a sustainable resource for hundreds of local students.
“We are so grateful to have Willbros partner with us to provide these resources for local schools. These kits equip hundreds of students, each year, with this lifesaving skill,” said Haley Coffman, Heart Walk director for the American Heart Association.
Nearly 424,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually with less than 11 percent of victims surviving. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
A sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack; it occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
It is because of these reasons that the American Heart Association is working tirelessly to make sure the bystander rate in Oklahoma increases and more people are educated on how to accurately and successfully perform CPR.