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American Heart Association and the Duke Energy Foundation prepare thousands of students to provide first aid and CPR


Thousands of students in Florida will learn how to provide CPR and potentially save lives.

Every year 350,000 die from cardiac arrest in the United States alone. Less than 50% of bystanders intervene to give lifesaving CPR. Thanks to a collaboration with the American Heart Association and the Duke Energy Foundation, thousands of new lifesavers in Pasco and Citrus County schools will soon be ready to respond with CPR & first-aid kits if they are needed.

The American Heart Association, with help from a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, will assist schools within Duke Energy Florida’s service area in providing required CPR training to 9th and 11th grade students; it also recommend basic training in providing first aid and CPR for all students every two years starting from the sixth grade.

“We know that 70% of cardiac arrest events that happen outside of the hospital happen at home,” said Amanda Palumbo, executive director of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay.

“Hands-only CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. By teaching students this lifesaving skill, we’re making this community safer for everyone.”

The American Heart Association and Duke Energy Foundation want students, teachers, and staff to know how to help in an emergency. Schools are receiving easy-to-use CPR & first-aid kits with lesson plans, training DVDs, and AED training simulators that will help teach lifesaving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The Duke Energy Foundation's support will also ensure that the American Heart Association can provide dedicated in-person trainings in Pasco and Citrus counties, and can support countywide refinement of cardiac emergency response plans for schools to reduce death from cardiac arrest.

“Safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Duke Energy,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. “We are proud to work alongside the American Heart Association to provide additional CPR kits to middle and high schools throughout our service areas. Together, we are equipping teachers, students and staff with the skills and means to save lives and keep our communities safe.”

Schools slated to receive CPR kits from the Duke Energy Foundation grant during the 2022-2023 school year include: Seven Springs Middle School, Anclote High School, Zephyrhills High School, F.K. Marchman Technical, Charles S. Rushe Middle School, Gulf High School, Paul R. Smith Middle School, J.W. Mitchell High School, Bayonet Point Middle School, Sunlake High School, Chasco Middle School, Wendell Krinn Technical High School, R.B. Stewart Middle School, Gulf Middle School, and Centennial Middle School.