CPR Training in Schools
A bill that was co-authored by Sen. Stumpf to require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillator training to students in grades 7 -12 by 2014 was included in the omnibus education bill. This legislation states that students must attend at least one training session before they graduate. The resources to provide training will come at no cost to schools because the legislation allows school districts to utilize local health and safety volunteers.
“A 30 minute commitment for training at some point before graduation is nominal and the benefit could be substantial,” said Sen. Stumpf. “The training students receive will result in safer schools and will provide them with a life saving skill.”
The American Heart Association (AHA) testified in support of the bill in committee. Based on their data, bystanders can double or triple the survival rate of those suffering from cardiac arrest. “Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes about 42 men, women and children every hour in the United States, usually without any prior symptoms. The national survival rate for SCA is 7% and less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.” – AHA
“It is common sense, costs nothing and it has the potential to impact many families,” said Sen. Stumpf. “While this is a good step for future generations it is important that adults also learn how to perform CPR.”