Welcome to Alameda County’s CPR 7 project!
In Alameda County we know that bystanders perform CPR only 28% of the time prior to Emergency Medical Services arrival: increasing bystander involvement is critical. The bystander is the person who witnesses an event or finds a victim unresponsive, not breathing and appears lifeless. If a bystander calls 911 and performs CPR in the first few minutes of an event, the persons chance of survival increases. For every minute without CPR, a witnessed victim’s chance of survival decreases 7-10%. The County has been working on improving hospital outcomes for cardiopulmonary arrest victims throughout the County using a systems based approach. One of the pieces in the approach is the bystander.
To increase our bystander participation, a pilot study took place in 2007-2008. 7th and 10th graders were trained by their classroom teachers in CPR using a CPR Anytime kit. They were then asked to go home and train as many friends and family members, over the age of 12, as they could. The CPR Anytime kit has a mini Anne manikin and a “watch while learn” DVD. Research has shown that student skills competency is superior to those taught through traditional instructor based training courses. The pilot study revealed that 7th graders enthusiastically embraced CPR and were better equipped to train in CPR and to train others than 10th graders – The CPR 7 program was created.
Starting with the 2010-2011 school year as part of a county-wide research trial, Alameda County has been working with all 18 school districts in the County providing teacher support and the CPR Anytime kits to 10,200 of County’s public 7th graders (70% of total public 7th grade population). This is the largest and most comprehensive new best practice in CPR community outreach in the world. We feel that this innovative public health approach that includes our 7th graders is making a difference for our citizens who will live longer and intact lives.
CPR 7 is a project developed for public school 7th graders in Alameda County Continues.
7th grade science, health or P.E. teachers train their 7th graders during one class period using the CPR Anytime kit that includes a mini Anne manikin and a watch while learn DVD. Each student is then charged with taking a one page survey home and train 6 friends and family members over the age of 12. The students return the surveys to their teacher. The survey requires a signature from those friend and family members the students train. The student keeps the CPR Anytime kit at home and the family is encourage to use the kit yearly to refresh their skills in hands only CPR.
This project is funded by SB 12, which are funds generated by speeding tickets on California Highways and no public school funds are used for this project.
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