The Illinois Heart Rescue Project is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) for Community Action Grants (CAG) to organizations that recognize the need to improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in their communities, faith-based organizations, schools or places of employment. The awardees of the community action grants will receive CPR and AED training kits worth over $3,000. Letters of intent are due April 15th, 2017. For more information, download the application packet here.
The New York Times published this article in its October 24th Health Section. The article explains how survival rates can improve if everyone learns to recognize the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and to take the three simple steps needed to save a life. The full article can be found by clicking on the following link:
This class is offered by Neighborhood Parents Network. Whether you learned CPR before your baby was born and you need a refresher, or you’ve never taken a CPR class, this CPR certification class is an essential skill for parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers. More information here.
Carrington College has developed an Infographic to help get the word out how easy it is to do bystander CPR.
Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR, is a skill that everyone can and should learn. Yet many have only seen CPR performed during a television show or movie and don’t know how to properly apply the life saving technique. Unfortunately, approximately 400,000 of cardiac arrests each year happen outside of hospitals, according to Carrington College. If CPR is performed quickly enough, a life can be saved.
Performing CPR in the proper manner involves much more than merely pressing down on an individual’s chest. If the patient is an older child or an adult, hands only CPR should be performed with the patient placed flat on his back. Kneel down on the ground next to his upper body, press the bottom of one hand directly into the center of the patient’ chest then put your other hand on top and interconnect the fingers. Press down on the chest with significant force. Let the chest lift upwards before pressing down again. Apply compressions over and over in an effort to resuscitate the patient.
Oftentimes, children will need CPR due to choking; in fact, one child dies approximately every five days in the US from choking on food, according to beCPR.org. These young children will require a different type of CPR. This will require you to place the patient with his or her back flat against the floor, but you’ll tilt the child’s head back and open his or her airway by pushing up on the chin. See if the child is breathing. If the child isn’t breathing, exhale directly into his or her mouth two times. While you do this, you should pinch the child’s nose closed.
If you are attempting to rescue an infant, you’ll want to completely seal off the nose. Then blow in again to make the chest rise. Apply 30 chest compressions. Don’t press as deeply on the chests of infants and use two fingers instead of hands. If the patient isn’t resuscitated, blow into his or her mouth once again and apply more chest compressions.
Illinois high school students will be able to learn CPR with new equipment thanks to Illinois Heart Rescue and WorldPoint.
As part of their mission to train as many Illinois residents as possible, Illinois Heart Rescue (ILHR), a non-profit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest, has teamed up with WorldPoint, an American Heart Association distributor, to create kits that are being donated by Illinois Heart Rescue to all Illinois high schools. The kits will be distributed to Illinois’ regional offices of education and shared among local schools to help train the 700,000 Illinois high school students.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced a program that will provide matching funds for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to any School, Public Park District, Municipal Recreation Department, Conservation District, Forest Preserve District, College of University in the State of Illinois. The grant provides 50% of the funds necessary to purchase this life-saving equipment. The deadline for applying is 5pm Friday October 30th, 2015. More information can be found here
A Chicago high school swimmer who almost died from an undiagnosed heart condition wants more people to learn CPR after it saved her life. About two weeks ago, Claire Luning, who just started her junior year, passed out in the pool during swim team practice. Her coach, Mack Varilla, said he could tell something was very wrong. He pulled her from the pool and immediately began administering CPR, reviving her. Now, she wants others to learn how to do the simple steps to save a life. View the complete story here