Children Can Save Lives By Learning CPR in School Interview with:
Young girl learning Hands-Only CPR at the American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR training kiosk at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. copyright American Heart Association 2017 Photos by Tommy Campbell Photography
Mimi Biswas M.D., MHSc
University of California Riverside School of Medicine and
Riverside Community Hospital What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: This started as  My son’s science project. He wanted to make a video game to teach CPR based on a science fair website. It grew to teaching the whole 6th grade using the AHA CPR training kit alone vs adding the video game or music, staying alive, to help with compression rate.  We found that a 12 year can easily learn the basic concepts of calling for help and starting hands only CPR and they can physically perform effective CPR at this age. What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: All the kids were so receptive and were able to perform basic CPR and call for help.   Only 37 states passed the bill to teach CPR by 12th grade. Teaching kids earlier and reinforcing these skills will lead to many lives saved. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We can look at rates of bystander CPR by state and see if there are better outcomes in the states where people are taught CPR starting in school. Thank you for your contribution to the community.

Citation: AHA November 2017 abstract

Children Can Save Lives! Bethlehem Zeleke MD; Eashan S Biswas, Mimi S Biswas MD, MHSc Department of Internal Medicine RCH/UCR school of medicine, John F Kennedy Elementary School Riverside Unified School District!/4412/sessions/Brunström/1

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Last Updated on November 13, 2017 by Marie Benz MD FAAD