Archive - 2017 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2017 - Campaign Article

March 26th

Review Looks at State Requirements for AEDs in Schools

The installation of automated external defibrillators (AED) in schools is associated with increased survival after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a review published March 27th in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

As state requirements for AEDs in schools in the U.S. vary widely, Mark V. Sherrid, MD, FACC, et al., used LexisNexis Academic to identify all current state statutes and regulations pertaining to AEDs in schools.

March 14th

South Dakota Becomes 36th State to Require CPR Training to Graduate

Capitol building, Pierre, South DakotaCPR training will now be a requirement to graduate high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday.

South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, D.C., that require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. In those states combined, more than 2.1 million public high school students each year will have been trained in CPR.

The new law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year and will result in more than 8,000 additional South Dakotans trained in CPR each year.

February 20th

More States Add CPR Training In Schools, But National Requirement Is Needed

Lindsay Davis, a former Miss Ohio, is an advocate who helped in the passage of SB252  “Lindsay’s Law” in the Ohio state legislature with Sen. Cliff Hite. – a law that requires all coaches and teachers to undergo education on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. She is currently working to get other states to pass a similar legislation in addition to a law that requires CPR training as a high school graduation requirement. Davis was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at age 17. She previously wrote for USA TODAY Sports on this topic and a bill that would require all coaches and teachers to undergo education on the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

February 11th

Bill Would Require CPR Training for South Dakota High School Students

It takes an average of 10 minutes for a first-responder to arrive to an emergency after dialing 911 in South Dakota, according to the American Heart Association. In rural areas, it can take even longer.

So if a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, either response time is long enough to have fatal consequences.

South Dakota legislators will try to address part of that issue this week when they consider Senate Bill 140, a proposal to require all South Dakota high school students to take a course in “hands only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, prior to graduation. Students would also receive instruction in the use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDS.

January 19th

Wyoming Student CPR Bill Wins Senate Committee Endorsement

CHEYENNE, WY -- A Senate committee on Friday endorsed a bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR before they graduate high school, with one proponent saying that the bill would create "generations of life-savers" if it becomes law.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously supported an amended version of the bill, Senate File 82. It now goes to the Senate floor for debate.

The proposal requires all high school graduates to receive basic instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators. Students would not graduate without taking the course.

January 3rd

New Michigan Law Requires CPR Training to Graduate High School

LANSING, MI--Lawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating.

“We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist Monica Martin Goble, MD, an associate professor at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, and an American Heart Association volunteer. “As four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, this has the potential to increase survival rates across our communities.”

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