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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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19 WINTER/SPRING 2018 Four Uof L faculty were among the inaugural graduating class of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Academic Leadership Development Institute. Delaina Amos, from the Speed School, and Dewey Clayton, Baron Kelly and Sherri Wallace, all faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, completed the eight-month program in November. Their cohort included 19 faculty from all eight Kentucky state universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The goal of the Academic Leadership Development Institute is to develop more campus leaders among early career, underrepre- sented minority faculty who aspire to leadership positions. Participants were nominated by campus provosts. LEARNING TO LEAD Faculty finish first CPE leadership development institute E ach year in the United States, 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside when they are not at a hospital. Of those, just 11 percent survive. Bystander CPR could improve those numbers, but only 30 percent receive it. "If we improve survival by just 1 percent, that's 3,500 more people who will live," said Lorrell Brown, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and physician director for resuscitation at Uof L Hospital. The American Heart Association wants to double the percentage of cardiac arrest victims who receive bystander CPR by 2020, and state legislators across the nation have taken notice. CPR instruction in high school is now required by law in a growing number of states. But the training isn't always consistent. In a study by Brown published late last year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, she examined the state laws and charac- terized them based on stringency of training. "We know high school students can learn CPR. However, we have found CPR skill retention in high schoolers is poor, with only 30 percent performing adequate CPR six months after training," she said. "We wanted to know, is there a better way to do it?" Brown was assisted by two Uof L medical students, third-year Carlos Lynes, and fourth-year Travis Car- roll, with Henry Halperin of Johns Hopkins University Medical School advising on the study. They found a wide degree of variability from state to state and even school to school. "While the laws all have some similar features, such as teaching the hands-only method, they still leave a lot to the individual schools to decide," she said. The study hopefully will help standardize the process to provide high-quality training. Brown said it's too early to tell whether the training in U.S. high schools has been effec- tive in saving lives, but in some places such as Denmark, similar laws led to increased rates of bystander CPR and survival. Expanding CPR training has been especially important to Brown, who has worked for several years on unique approaches, such as halftime demonstrations at Uof L men's basketball games. She founded a program called "Alive in 5" (alivein5. org), a five-minute method of teaching CPR that could become a standard for training. With about 4 million students per year now graduating with CPR training, she said that in a decade "we'll have an army of people trained in CPR." Training a nation in CPR Baron Kelly, center, receives his graduation plaque from the Academic Leadership Devel- opment Institute. UofL's Get Healthy Now program hosted a CPR training session. Wallace Clayton

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