Legislation I introduced to ensure all students receive instruction in CPR before graduating high school passed the Michigan Senate on Tuesday.
Each year, around 350,000 Americans suffer sudden cardiac arrest. When this occurs outside of a hospital, the chances of survival are low. However, if a bystander trained in CPR intervenes, the chances of survival nearly triple.
Senate Bill 647 would require schools to provide instruction in CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Schools will have the flexibility to determine how these skills are taught. CPR training can take as little as 30 minutes and can be easily incorporated into the existing health curriculum.
Many school districts across the state have already teach CPR using various instructional models, including the use of volunteer instructors or video-based programs, and drawing support from local police, fire and ambulance services.
If all Michigan high school students learn basic CPR prior to graduation, Michigan will gain 100,000 more CPR-trained lifesavers each year.