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Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation Honored in Lansing for Making Michigan Schools 'Cardiac Safe'

LANSING, MI-- Michigan lawmakers recognized Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness month in April by giving a warm greeting from the House floor to Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation representatives and supporters on Thursday, who are leading the effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all Michigan schools.

Teens Save Dad With CPR

OLATHE, KS--Two Olathe East High School students are being credited for saving their father’s life by performing hands-only CPR.

Seth and Claire Johnson were home during a recent snow day when their father, Mark Johnson, suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

“I heard my brother yelling my dad’s name,” said Claire, an Olathe East senior. “My dad wasn’t responsive, he was turning purple. Signs that he wasn’t just asleep.”

The siblings immediately started chest compressions and called 911.

“We called 911 and pulled him off of the couch,” said Seth, a freshman.

Senate Passes Killion Bill to Expand CPR Training in Schools

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed legislation aimed at saving lives through greater education and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to Senator Tom Killion (R-9), who sponsored the measure.

Senate Bill 115 would strengthen academic guidelines in schools for CPR training in grades nine through 12, while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.

“This bill will greatly expand lifesaving CPR training in Pennsylvania,” said Killion. “If this becomes law, future generations will better learn how to administer CPR while attending high school. This has the potential to save countless lives for years to come.”

PA Senate Education Committee to Consider CPR in Schools Bill Today

The Pennsylvania State Senate Education Committee will be meeting this afternoon to consider Senate Bill 115 (Killion, R-Delaware), which will require CPR education in public, private and parochial school grades nine to 12 no later than the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The instruction must be hands-on and include information about automated external defibrillators.

Killion Introduces Pair of Life-Saving Bills

Senator Killion speaking about his CPR bill at the Capitol on April 16, 2018

Senator Tom Killion has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at saving lives in different ways.

One bill would establish cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in Pennsylvania’s high schools, while the second bill is designed to reduce heatstroke deaths for children left in cars during hot weather.

“Good legislation can be written to save lives,” said Killion. “This is certainly the case with my CPR and child heatstroke bills. Both proposals will be top priorities for me in the Senate’s new two-year legislative session,” he added.

Killion’s CPR legislation, Senate Bill 115, passed the Senate unanimously during the last legislative session but was not considered in the state House.  The bill would set new academic standards for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. 

CPR in Schools Trains More than 300 Wisconsin Schools, 6,000 students

More than 6,000 students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR, thanks to the successful program CPR in Schools. This statewide program, funded by a grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, is coming to a close. However, with the skills and equipment provided to schools under this project, thousands of students will continue to be trained each year.

Developing Legislation Could Require Wisconsin Teachers to Learn CPR

MILWAUKEE, WI--Wisconsin state law requires students to learn CPR before they graduate from high school, but not their teachers. Now, one state lawmaker is hoping to change that.

Schools in Wisconsin are required to train students in CPR at least once between 7th and 12th grades. But for teachers, that kind of training is voluntary.

“We don't expect teachers to be fully trained first responders, but they should know a few basics and they should especially know when to call for professional help,” State Rep. Daniel Riemer/D-Milwaukee said. Riemer is now working on a bill to better prepare schools for medical emergencies.

BU's Service-Learning Initiative to Teach Hands-Only CPR to High School Students Is Successful

BOSTON, MA--PumpStart, a community service-learning program created by students at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), that teaches hands-only CPR to the general public, is effective for both teaching high school students a life-saving skill and providing medical students with an opportunity to engage in public health and medical education.

Damian Hinds: Learning Life-Saving Skills in School is Crucial

UK Education Secretary stresses importance of basic life-saving skills and first aid – under plans for health education to become compulsory in all schools.

LONDON, UK--The United Kingdom Education Secretary today underlined the importance of every child having the chance to learn life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency, under plans for health education to be taught in every school.

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kids are Teaching Kids What to Do in Medical Emergencies Through Harpers Heart Heroes; Statewide Campaign Launched

Harpers Heart Heroes

KALAMAZOO, MI--There is a cardiac arrest every second in the United States. Ninety percent of people who have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not survive. If CPR is started right away, survival rates increase to forty percent.

Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of high school students who are learning how to do CPR. However, there is no training program for elementary age children. Most of these kids do not know how to tell if someone is unresponsive and may not call 911 or get help.

A study done at The Gagie School in Kalamazoo, indicates that many kids have heard of CPR, but most do not know when or why it is used. After learning about what to do in a medical emergency and watching an American Heart Association CPR video, all of the fourth graders knew how to respond if someone was unresponsive. Additionally, forty percent were able to do effective, hands-only CPR.  

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