Howell Area Freshmen save 8 lives from cardiac arrest at area wedding!

Nationwide Interest Grows!

Howell Freshman Campus Health Class Instructed by, Mary Stoody demonstrated the “Save One Life” program to area administrators March 7, 2016. The class participated in a mock cardiac arrest drill to show off their skills. The scenario: They were all attending a wedding and guests unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest. The demonstration: students jumped into action. starting with assessment, calling 911 for help, performing CPR and ultimately utilizing AED/Defibrillation equipment. The June and Edward Kellogg Foundation funded this training program in partnership with the Red Cross. Each student received a t-shirt from the Foundation and a red cross pin upon completion of this important training. The T-shirts were designed by students from entries submitted to LESA. All students shared their enthusiasm, and pride in being part of this program that began in their own school and will soon be nationwide. Administrators gained great feedback during the demonstration. There have been hundreds trained so far.

This is the first program of its kind anywhere. Mr. John Cauley of Michigan Red Cross, updated us on interests, nationally mirroring our “Save One Life” program” and Tim Jackson, LESA Superintendent, informed us of possible congressional bills in Michigan being introduced to mandate the Livingston County “Save one Live” program be taught statewide.

Dr. Thomas M. Kellogg Charman of the Kellogg Family Foundation expressed gratitude to all the students, teachers and administrators for their enthusiasm and passion. He relayed facts stated by Livingston County EMS and 911 Director Emergency Management Coordinator, Jeffrey R Boyd:

  • Most often, the first persons to be on the scene when the need arises for life-saving CPR, are High School kids!
  • Most High School Kids do not have any CPR training!
  • Sadly, High School teachers are not required to be CPR trained!
  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, double’s a victim’s chances of survival.
  • Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
  • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10 percent for every minute of delay, until defibrillation.

“The importance of this program is tremendous! We will most likely save many lives!” The program… “Save one Life” is determined to train every high school student in Livingston County within 4 years. All mannequins, training manuals, manpower, and Red Cross supplies are provided to each school through a grant from the Kellogg Family Foundation. Our “Save One Life” program is being followed closely, nationwide.

Kellogg Family Foundation is also proud to be able to Partner with this year’s Save Michigan Heart conference, funding the April 25, 2016, event. It takes place this year at the Livingston County EMS complex. The mission is to double survival of patients who sustain a cardiac arrest in the community by 2020!!