CPR in the community

June 1st, 2017

Texas is among 32 states that require high school students to learn lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR,) and in Tarrant County many of them are doing it through JPS.

Training the trainers
JPS clinical trainer Chris Zak prepares Kennedale High School staff members to teach CPR, a graduation requirement for seniors.

JPS Health Network is an American Heart Association Training Center and, like other hospitals, provides CPR training for JPS nurses and other licensed health professionals required to keep their CPR certification up to date. Unlike other hospitals, JPS also trains CPR instructors in the community, supporting population health by growing the number of people prepared to save lives.

More than 350,000 Americans experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year, according to the heart association. Those who undergo CPR immediately are at least twice as likely to survive.

CPR became a graduation requirement in Texas in the 2014-15 school year. To help students meet the new mandate, many schools have designated teams of CPR instructors — school nurses, coaches and teachers — who get their instructor training free of charge from JPS. Kennedale High School became the latest on Wednesday.

JPS also provides CPR training for Tarrant County government agencies and the federal Bureau of Prisons. All told, more than 400 CPR instructors in Tarrant County maintain their certification through JPS, according to Chris Zak, clinical trainer.

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