Kids 4 CPR teaches keiki lifesaving skills

Creating a new generation of life savers

Sponsored by HMAA

Kids 4 CPR is a non-profit organization that teaches keiki how to perform CPR and use an AED machine. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Pam Foster and Kim Williams from Kids 4 CPR to talk about the non-profit’s mission and to learn some lifesaving skills.

Kids4CPR was formed 10 years ago after a 28-year-old elementary school teacher had a cardiac arrest at a local school. She was trained in CPR and first aid, but those with her were not. She became part of the 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims who will not survive. The mission of Kids4CPR is to turn the survival rates upside down by teaching kids the simple skills needed to save a life.

It is important to teach CPR to keiki because they will be the new generation of life savers. CPR has changed and not all adults have time to learn the new skills. In an emergency, adults may forget what they learned and how to respond. For keiki, you teach them and they remember the simple steps and are not afraid to respond. Those at Kids4CPR have learned that by teaching elementary school age keiki, this knowledge becomes a part of their play and they also like to share their new knowledge. This helps parents learn through their children.

Any school statewide can request a class for its students by completing the request form at Kids4CPR.org. The non-profit likes to focus on 5th graders because they are strong enough to perform the skill, smart enough to understand the skill, and are usually home when not in school. This is important because 85 percent of all cardiac arrests will happen at home.

A portion of the program is also to teach junior high and high school students how to utilize the program so that they in turn will teach elementary school students. Students not only learn, but they also learn how to teach others. Kalani High School is a perfect example of this, and its health academy class has been offering this training to local elementary schools for more than eight generations of students.

Kids4CPR has a sister foundation, Heart Start Hawaii Foundation, which funds AED placements in local schools. Any school can apply for an AED if they will commit to training their teachers in a 30-minute session once a year. Kids4CPR’s goal is to tear down the stigma and fear of performing CPR and using an AED.

For more information: kids4cpr.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @Kids4CPR