Every year there are almost 424,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States, and of this figure an estimated 10,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen to children. Sadly, only 10% of victims who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive, largely in part because many victims do not receive timely CPR or AED application.
Skylar Berry can attest to the importance of knowing CPR. In the summer, Skylar was attending a birthday party when a classmate was pulled from the swimming pool - unresponsive. She went right to work administering Hands-Only CPR, until an adult could relieve her. Due to the actions of everyone at the party, her classmate survived and it was back to life as normal within a few days.
Thankfully Skylar learned CPR techniques in Fire Camp hosted by the Sacramento Metro Fire Department a few weeks prior to the incident. “I am so glad I learned CPR because it helped save my friend’s life,” said Berry. “It was scary but I was calm and remembered the training I received. I just shouted to the adults to Call 9-1-1 and immediately started doing CPR after we pulled him from the pool.”
Unfortunately, 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during an emergency cardiac situations and only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR, which largely attributes to low survival rates.
Studies show that teaching students lifesaving skills of CPR techniques in school will empower our youth and put thousands of lifesavers in our community. Keeping this in mind, Skylar now teaches groups of students at her middle school Hands-Only CPR because she knows that emergency situations can happen at any time and she wants to do her part to put more lifesavers on the streets of her community.
Thank you Skylar for being a Heart Saver and for going above the call of duty to empower your classmates to learn Hands-Only CPR!