Robert Vela HS juniors undergo required CPR training

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Robert Vela High School junior students received training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the RVHS gymnasium. Last July, Texas lawmakers approved a bill (House Bill 897) requiring high schools to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students at least once before graduating. Students received “hands-on” training with a mannequin, to enable them to learn the psycho-motor skills necessary to perform CPR. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 424,000 people have sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 10.4 percent survive, most likely because they do not receive timely CPR. If administered immediately, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time, and can be caused by a heart attack, trauma, a substance overdose or drowning.

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