Local community centers receive new CPR kits

A new kit is making learning how to administer CPR much easier

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 4:07 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 4:07 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A new kit is making learning how to administer CPR much easier.

The American Heart Association and Franciscan Health have teamed up to deliver new CPR kits to various community centers.

20 minutes is all it takes to learn how to save a life, according to Erin Crawford, American Heart Association's Corporate Engagement Director.

“Only one-third of all Americans know what to do when someone collapses, which is really scary.,” said Crawford.

Crawford said these new kits are designed to be more user friendly.

“In the kit is a mannequin and a 20 minute video and what it simulates is, what do you do when someone collapses,” said Crawford. ”The holidays are coming up, great time to get the friends and family together and why not watch a 20 minute video on how you can save your loved ones, I don't know what a better gift is than giving the gift of life,” added Crawford.

The YMCA, Tippecanoe Libraries, Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA received the new kits.

Janae Kraud, YWCA's Program Development Director has been CPR training across the Greater Lafayette area for years. She said these new inflatable training dummies are much easier for traveling and training purposes compared to the fully rubber ones that she used previously.

With CPR training becoming something that can be done in the comfort of one’s home, Kraud hopes more people will want to take time to learn.

“We are hoping to give Greater Lafayette the skills that they need to help save lives, it could save a loved one or it could save someone in our community,” said Kraud.

YWCA invites community members to come in and learn CPR at the facility. The CPR kits can be rented from the new YMCA. Tippecanoe Libraries and the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club are working on a plan to make the kits accessible to the community outside of the facility.

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