High school is a time to help prepare our students for the “real world.” Now, under legislation recently signed into law, graduates will enter the workforce or attend college having learned an important lifesaving skill.
I introduced Senate Bill 647 (Public Act 388 of 2016), which adds instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of the state health education standards for grades 7-12. Schools are encouraged to partner with local law nurses, fire, emergency response personnel, or representatives of the Red Cross or the American Heart Association to provide the training.
Many school districts across the state 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.
The use of CPR and AEDs increases the likelihood a person will survive a cardiac arrest. If every high school student had this training before graduation, Michigan would gain 100,000 new CPR-trained individuals each year! The new law will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.