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Carrington Student Proves CPR Certification Saves Lives

July 5, 2013

CPRLori Carpenter, a Vocational Nursing program graduate from our Sacramento campus recently proved the real-world value of her CPR training. Last month Lori’s CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills helped her save the life of a 3-year-old girl during a day-out at a local lake.

The incident happened just after Lori had renewed her CPR certificate with us at Carrington College California. Lori was at Collins Lake, north-east of Sacramento, celebrating her nephew’s eighth-grade graduation with her family when the emergency situation arose. Read the full story of her heroism here. 1

Since the incident Lori has graduated from the Vocational Nursing program with her associate of science degree. She is returning to Carrington to continue her nursing education, joining the LVN to RN Registered Nursing program. Lori hopes to graduate the intensive 8 month program and become a registered nurse by summer of 2014.*

Every Carrington College California student takes a CPR & First Aid course, and we encourage them to renew their certification even if it is not central to their career. But even if you don’t enroll with us we want you to seek out training as CPR certification, as Lori showed, you could help save a life. The statistics below from the American Heart Association suggest it could be the life of someone you love.

Why Learn CPR?

  • Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time.
  • 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur each year.**
  • Many victims appear healthy and have no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
    • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

Who Can You Save With CPR?     

  • The life you save is mostly likely to be a loved one as 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home.**
  • That means, statistically speaking, the life you save is likely to be your child, spouse, sibling, parent or friend.
  • African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians. Their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.**

Why Take Action?

  • Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
  • Sadly, less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.**

Lori and her husband David have three boys ages 15, 10 and 5. The entire family now knows the value of CPR certification, and her kid’s didn’t waste any time in telling mom how proud they were of her. Jim Craig, Dean of Academic Affairs at our Sacramento campus, explains how Lori’s actions reflect all that we hope for from our students.

“We are so proud of Lori both in and out of the classroom. Her heroism and her humble reaction afterward epitomizes our values and everything we hold dear at Carrington College California.”


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*Note that admission to, or graduation from, our Nursing program does not guarantee obtaining a license or certificate to practice nursing. Licensure and certification requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing

**Source – American Heart Association