Edgerton Hospital Makes Teaching CPR in the School Easy

Recently, the state Senate approved the 2015 Assembly Bill 525, which requires all students to receive hands-on training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to graduation. While this new law goes into effect for the 2017-2018 school year, the staff at Edgerton Hospital has already made strides in this area and continues to make teaching this life-saving technique a priority.

 For the past five years, Susan Kindschi, RN BA, CES, FAACVPR, manager of Edgerton Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary department, at the invitation of Barb Gausman, Edgerton High School’s Healthy Living teacher, has been working closely with the School District of Edgerton to provide training during the Healthy Living class each semester, as well as during summer school. Previously, the hospital had four training mannequins and Kindschi used her enthusiasm to demonstrate to the students the importance of learning hands-only CPR. Now, thanks to the Edgerton Hospital Auxiliary, the hospital was able to purchase a CPR in Schools Training Kit™, allowing for 10 mannequins, 10 AED training simulators, and all of the teaching materials to be available in a convenient, easy to travel location. The kit contains everything needed to facilitate a CPR in Schools training class for 10 students at once. And, the process can be easily repeated to train an entire class, a grade or even an entire school. One kit can train hundreds of students. As an added bonus, the kit also enables the hospital to offer internal classes on advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and basic life support, at the same time someone is out teaching in the community.

 Kindschi and Gausman say that the students don’t look at this training as a nuisance. “It is so empowering for these young adults to learn this skill, and realize that they can truly make the difference between life and death,” said Kindschi. 

According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Sadly, most of the time it doesn’t happen that way. Edgerton Hospital wants to do its part to ensure that all students and educators learn CPR, putting more qualified lifesavers on our streets. As part of the Rock County CPR Coalition, Edgerton Hospital encourages any business or community group interested in learning hands-only CPR to call Sheryl Rucker at 608-884-1671 or Susan Kindschi at 608-884-1397. The hospital offers this training at no charge.