Thursday, July 26, 2012

CPR training required for high school grads

On Thursday, N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue (seated in the photo at right) signed a law requiring students to complete cardiopulmonary resuscitation training before they graduate from high school, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

Since 1997, state law has required basic education in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver in the public schools, but it hasn't been compulsory or documented.

State Rep. Becky Carney (D –Mecklenburg) and Rep. Carolyn Justice (R-New Hanover, Pender) co-sponsored the legislation aimed at saving more lives.

Carney was “saved by good Samaritans that knew CPR and responded quickly" after she suffered cardiac arrest during a legislative session in April 2009.

Mark Fleming, a lobbyist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, moved Carney from her desk, where she had slumped over, and laid her on the floor. State Rep. Bob England, an Ellenboro Democrat and retired physician, helped perform CPR. And General Assembly police officers Will Smith and Willie Morris and Sgt. Forrest Johnson assisted with CPR and used an automated defibrillator.

"I am honored to be part of a lasting life-saving legacy for North Carolina,” Carney said in a news release. “Providing our youth with the power and confidence to save a life when it matters most may be the most valuable lesson a student can learn.”

North Carolina is the fifth state to pass such legislation. The State Board of Education will work with the American Heart Association to develop a plan for implementation.

Fewer than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR and less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital live, according to the American Heart Association. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can vastly improve victims chance of survival, the association said.

“If we lived in a world where most everyone knew CPR and was ready to help, we could double, even triple their chance of survival," said Todd Baker, director of training and education at Southeastern Emergency Equipment.


Anonymous said...

Enough with all of the laws!!!!! CPR should be taught in all high schools, but it shouldn't require a freaking law....

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should teach about ARM's too.

Ignorance of adjustable rate mortgages is dangerous, too.

Lamar Hayes said...

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a skill that saves lives. It is good that there are students who are given the chance to learn this skill. However, I would suggest that every family should have one member who is familiar with the basic CPR procedure, because we don’t know when an emergency might occur.

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Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation is something I think everyone should learn in their high-school itself. This not only saves life at times, but also makes students responsible..

CPRcertification Stlouis said...

There is no reason why CPR certification shouldn't be taught to everyone. It is part of preventative care as far as I'm concerned.

As a society we always look to fix the problem after the fact instead of trying to prevent the problem from occurring. i.e. obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes, etc.

Unfortunately there is no fixing the problem if proper CPR isn't administered in time of need.

first aid and cpr training said...

That is right, and it should be mandatory for all. Being knowledgeable will allow you to save others, be saved from life threatening Cardio problems and being able to help others is such a great feeling.