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Saving Kids with CPR
Approximately 1,000 children (14 & under) die in America each year because they have choked on something. In Waterloo, Iowa this past Tuesday, a couple nearly became a part of this horrible statistic when their infant son began choking. Fortunately for Scott and Stephanie Brunson, there was a bystander on scene who was trained in CPR and knew how to help. With a blocked airway, the child was minutes away from death. CLICK HERE for the full story.
High School Students Trained in CPR
In the Southtown area of Illinois, south of Chicago, nurses trained nearly 700 students over a three week period in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intervention with choking victims, use of automated external defibrillators, and other life-saving techniques. CLICK HERE for the full story.
It's time for some sensible legislation in the south for high school students to learn CPR. In this issue, we have news of both South Carolina and Virginia getting on this important bandwagon.
SC Senate Bill In Process
The South Carolina Senate received a proposed bill on January 8, 2013, which would add an important component to high school education. Senators Ray Cleary of Murrells Inlet Gerald Malloy of Darlington proposed that all high school students be trained in Hands-Only CPR. In effect, CPR/AED certification shall be made a part of the comprehensive health education program in South Carolina High Schools. You can find the full proposed legislation at www.CPRclassesMyrtleBeach.com.
The Stafford County reporter for The Free Lance-Star recently reported that Delegate Mark Dudenhefer introduced legislation that would require CPR and emergency first aid training required of school employees and bus drivers. CPR training would also be a requirement for teacher licensure renewal. High school students, beginning with the class of 2013, would also be required to have CPR training. The bill would required to have AED in every school by 2014, along with CPR drills. Many have terms the legislation "Gwyneth's Law" after high school student Gwyneth Griffin who unfortunately died after her heart stopped suddenly one humid Friday morning in June 2012, when she was running with her classmates on the track at A.G. Wright Middle School.
Top 10 Good Things to Know About CPR - January 22, 2013
- Did you see the person have sudden cardiac arrest, or did you find them?
- Make sure the scene is safe.
- Check for pulse and breathing (at the same time, no more than 10 seconds).
- Ask someone to call for 911 (or the local Emergency Response number) and get an AED (an Automated External Defibrillator).
- Remove clothing on the chest.
- Begin chest compressions immediately (for an adult, at least 100 per minute and 2" deep).
- Breaths come (for an adult) after 30 chest compressions.
- As soon as an AED arrives, turn it on.
- Place the pads on the victim's chest.
- Follow instructions given by the AED.
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