Merriam, Kan. – Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, but when ordinary people, not just doctors and emergency service workers, know CPR, a victim’s survival rate can double, or even triple.
As National CPR Week draws to a close, Johnson County can feel a little safer knowing that with support from Shawnee Mission Health and Johnson County Med ACT, schools in Johnson County will be adding thousands of lifesavers to our communities by training eighth and ninth grade students in the fall at schools across the area.
The program will train students in adult and infant/child CPR. The course at the area schools will be taught by Johnson County MED Act professionals during the day as part of the regular health curriculum. The mannequins, training equipment and course materials are also provided free-of-charge to the school by Shawnee Mission Health. Students will learn CPR and relief of choking for adults, children and infants, the use of barrier devices, and the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED).
In addition to training local students, Shawnee Mission Health also offers regular CPR Life Saving classes to the public. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be given an AHA Healthcare Provider card, valid for two years. For more information, please visit https://smmcrcii.ahss.org/rcii/class/results.asp?search_type=class&display_full=1&cn=&cs=4&k=&sm=00&sy=0000&em=00&ey=0000
About Shawnee Mission Health
Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) is a complete network of health care facilities and services located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The network includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; SMH Prairie Star, a comprehensive health care facility located in western Lenexa, Kan.; as well as physician practices located throughout Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. SMH serves nearly 70,000 patients in its emergency departments annually, has the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center and delivers more babies each year at SMMC than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMH also has some of the highest customer service or HCAHPS scores in the Kansas City metro. The network employs more than 3,000 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff of any full-service hospital in Kansas City. Visit us on the Web at ShawneeMission.org.