about be the beat®

Be the Beat is a website for teachers and school administrators that provides free tools and resources to help start and sustain CPR and AED programs in schools. Through this website, teachers can download free tools and resources to teach kids the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR. Students will learn to “Be the Beat” and pump blood to a victim’s vital organs if they see an adult or teen suddenly collapse. Hands-Only CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. The American Heart Association is committed to creating the next generation of lifesavers through our Be the Beat and CPR in Schools® programs and resources.

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Pat Ames

Pat Ames teaches at East Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. He implemented the AHA’s CPR in Schools Training Kit™ curriculum and trained 630 kids in just 3 days! East Middle School also trained 150 people during their school’s Family Science Night. “It was truly amazing to watch the kids training their parents and the parents checking out a take-home kit to train others in CPR in their neighborhoods.” Since then, Ames has teamed up with a colleague and other middle schools in Aurora to share the CPR in Schools Training Kits, resulting in more students trained in Hands-Only CPR each year. “The portability of the kits allows teachers to easily transport from one school to another,” says Ames. “We love it.”

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for purchase: CPR in Schools Training Kit™

The CPR in Schools Training Kit is an all-in-one educational program developed by the American Heart Association, the leader in CPR programs. The portable and reusable kit incorporates the very latest science. Any adult or student leader can facilitate the 30-minute CPR session. Students practice on a manikin while watching skills performed correctly on the DVD, a research-proven way to learn and retain lifesaving CPR skills. For details on your state's laws regarding CPR in schools, consult our map. For more information about the CPR in Schools Training Kit, please click here.

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