Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills is providing financial support that will allow up to 950 Farmington Public Schools high school students to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use.
While Michigan state legislators are considering bills that would, by 2017-2018, include the life-saving instruction in health education guidelines, a small number of Farmington students have received the training performed by the Farmington Hills Fire Department and City of Farmington Public Safety.
“This is a true partnership among the Farmington Hills Fire Department, the Farmington Public Schools and Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills,” Farmington Hills mayor Ken Massey said in a press release. “The hospital’s financial support allows the school system to obtain the initial equipment and supplies needed for the first year of this partnership. FHFD professionals will train the teachers so that in subsequent years the schools will be able to train their own students to perform CPR.”
The equipment to be purchased includes infant, pediatric and adult training manikins, assorted AED training materials, textbooks, DVDs and related materials. The hospital and its fundraising arm, The Botsford Foundation, contributed equally.
“For us at the hospital, this partnership speaks to our mission to provide compassionate, extraordinary care,” said Connie O’Malley, president, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills. “Being a member of this community partnership means we’re making it possible over time to train thousands of people in the community to be CPR lifesavers. Our support means lives will be saved.”
According to the American Heart Association, CPR can nearly triple survival rates for cardiac arrest by providing assistance until emergency responders arrive. Many of these incidents take place in the home and at large sporting events, where trained students could put their skills to good use.
In 2015, Beaumont, Farmington Hills received 1,596 patients who were admitted with cardiac events through the hospital’s Emergency & Trauma Center.