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SAN TAN VALLEY - Students at Combs High School are now equipped to be trained in Hands-Only CPR, thanks to a program offered by the American Heart Association and Arizona Complete Health.

With funding made possible through these project partners, Combs High School is the proud recipient of (4) CPR in Schools training kits, with each kit containing 10 manikins that can train 10-20 students at once. The provision of these kits provides Combs High School with the necessary skills and equipment to provide this lifesaving training for students each year.

In 2019, Arizona became the 32nd state to pass Hands-Only CPR as a high school curriculum requirement, a measure that empowers students to become potential lifesavers. In response, the American Heart Association teamed up with community partner, Arizona Complete Health, to provide CPR in Schools training kits to help train teachers and equip schools with the necessary materials.

Each kit uses a "practice while watching" method of instruction, allowing students to have their hands directly on manikins and practicing compressions. These kits enable students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and possess the ability to save the lives of cardiac arrest victims. Data shows that when a cardiac arrest victim collapses, their chance of survival diminishes 10% with each minute until CPR starts. However, if a bystander begins CPR before first responders arrive, a victim’s chance of survival can double or even triple.

“The ability to empower our teachers and students to be lifesavers in our community is an invaluable one," said Dr. Greg Wyman, Superintendent. "We are thankful to our project partners, the American Heart Association and Arizona Complete Health, for making this possible, and know that because of their support we will continue to impact our students for years to come."

For more information about the Hands-Only CPR training at Combs High School, call (480) 882-3540.

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