BALTIMORE, October 14, 2014 - In light of a new state law requiring all Baltimore County students to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before graduation, Cigna (NYSE: CI) has donated CPR in Schools Training Kits developed by the American Heart Association for the students at three schools in the Baltimore County Public School District: Randallstown High School, Overlea High School and Chesapeake High School.
The American Heart Association CPR in Schools Training Kits teach students the core skills of CPR in less than 30 minutes, and provide materials needed to learn CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills and choking relief in school classroom settings. Each kit can train hundreds of students and includes materials such as inflatable manikins, kneel mats, DVDs, replacement airways, sanitary wipes, replacement face masks and a facilitator guide. The kits can also be used to train school faculty, staff, parents and community members to extend the lifesaving skills in the community.
"We have had the privilege of working with the American Heart Association to improve the health and well-being of those in the Baltimore community and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including students and teachers in Baltimore County Public School District," said Julia Huggins, president, Cigna Mid-Atlantic. "By expanding our efforts with the CPR in Schools program, we are joining together to train the next generation of lifesavers for Baltimore's schools and communities."
"When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, the difference between life and death may be a CPR trained bystander. The AHA applauds Cigna for assuring that future generations of Baltimore County students will be trained in this lifesaving skill," said Yvette Mingo, Executive Director and Vice President, Greater Baltimore Region, American Heart Association.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., with nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year. In Maryland, heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, more than 12,800 people in Maryland died from a heart attack or stroke in 2011. When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby, as survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.
About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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