LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of a newly passed state law requiring all students to learn CPR before they graduate from high school, Lufkin High School students will be learning this skill during their biology classes.
The East Texas Heart and Vascular Initiative - a joint project between CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin and the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at the Methodist Hospital in Houston and funded by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation - donated CPR kits for the LHS students to use in their biology classes, according to a press release.
"We are so fortunate to partner with the East Texas Heart and Vascular Initiative and Dr. Khan for the materials we need to provide hands-on training for our students which could ultimately save a life," said Deidra Harrison, Lufkin ISD's director of student services. "We are ready to get started and are fully equipped to begin training our students."
Lufkin ISD staff members and students accepted the CPR kits in a Lufkin High School science classroom Tuesday morning. The kits include inflatable manikins, training DVDs, kneel mats, and a training guide for the facilitator.
According to a press release, the kits are designed to teach students the core skills in involved in CPR, AED use, and choking relief.
In addition to the CPR kits that were donated to Lufkin ISD, the East Texas Heart and Vascular Initiative also provided funding for LISD teachers to train on how to use the kits.
"The CPR in Schools program is a wonderful opportunity for the East Texas Heart and Vascular Initiative in pursuing its strategic goal of widespread goal of widespread community education in the East Texas region," said Suzanne Monsour, the project manager for the East Texas Heart and Vascular Initiative. "Early CPR training sets the stage to capture a generation willing and able to assist in an emergency and perform life-saving measures."
The American Heart Association has stated that cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, a press release stated. However, if someone quickly performs CPR on the victim, it could double or triple his or her chances of survival.
"We know that the 'bystander effect' is all too real, and the survival rate for someone suffering a heart attack fall 7 percent to 10 percent for each minute without CPR," Monsour said. "Early training lays the foundation for subsequent training and retention and skills become engrained with a high level of confidence. The Initiative is proud to be able to support Lufkin High School in this endeavor."
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 897 requiring all seventh through 12th grade students to receive instruction in how to do CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED at least once before they graduate.