Posts Tagged ‘CPR’

Training the next generation of lifesavers- students!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

A new scientific advisory, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, calls for state legislatures to mandate that CPR and AED training be required for graduation- and You’re the Cure advocates in a number of states are helping to make it happen to help save lives from sudden cardiac arrest.

“Training of all secondary education students will add a million trained rescuers to the population every few years,” said Mary Fran Hazinski, R.N., M.S.N., co-author of the advisory and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. “Those students will be ready, willing and able to act for many years to come, whenever they witness an emergency within the community.”

Last school year, 36 states had a law or curriculum standard encouraging CPR training in schools- and a number of states are pursuing legislation this year. In New York, for example, advocates, including paramedics, survivors, CRP instructors, and families of those affected by sudden cardiac arrest, are leading the charge to advance legislation that will ensure all students in the state receive CPR training prior to graduation. They have collected 1500 petition signatures so far and will be taking their message to the state capital in March to meet with lawmakers.

In Tennessee, advocates will be working with state lawmakers and the Department of Education to strengthen their existing law. Currently, CPR is taught as part of the lifetime wellness curriculum, but the AHA is pushing for hands-on-practice during this instruction for all students.

And in Iowa, advocates will be playing defense to protect their law which requires students to be trained in CPR before graduating. Some legislators, concerned with the time and cost the existing law requires, have suggested repealing it. However, the AHA is actively promoting the immeasurable benefits by sharing personal stories from students who have saved a life.

For more information on the new advisory, click here.

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The 2010 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are here!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

CPR is as easy as C-A-B! Watch our YouTube video to learn about the changes to the Guidelines for CPR released on October 18th- so you can be prepared to perform CPR and possibly save a life.

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WI Passes Bill to Help Educate Students about CPR and AEDs

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

On May 10, 2010, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed a piece of legislation that requires school boards and school operators to provide high school students instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), cardio-cerebral resuscitation (hands only) and information on automated external defibrillators (AED). This life saving legislation will be in effect beginning the 2011 school year.

You’re the Cure advocates were fully engaged in support of the bill, sending nearly 500 messages into their legislator’s offices! Advocate Mike Uttech of Green Bay, WI, played a crucial role in securing leadership for the bill. Mike knows the importance of CPR and AED education, having suffered cardiac arrest while on a treadmill at his local health club. Mike’s life was saved by lay rescuers using CPR and an AED. Thanks to their efforts, he recovered well enough to attend a Green Bay Packers football game three days later! Jack Simono, another You’re the Cure advocate and survivor from Two Rivers, WI, also stepped up to help secure leadership for the bill in the state legislature.

At the public hearing for the bill, Mike Uttech shared his story and was joined by yet another You’re the Cure advocate, Jill Rasmussen, a director at a YMCA , who’s considered a hero for saving a life on a racquetball court with CPR and AED.

You’re the Cure advocates were instrumental in the passage of this crucial legislation. Congratulations to Wisconsin for this outstanding success to help get high school students the education they need to save lives!

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State Spotlight! Wisconsin: Go Red at the Capitol

Friday, February 26th, 2010

February was a busy month at state capitals across the country, with advocates and state legislators joining together to raise awareness about the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease- and Madison, Wisconsin was right in on the action!

In addition to the beautiful state Capitol dome “going red”, the women of the legislature helped raise awareness by participating in Wear Red Day. And some legislators even put on a red dress and sneakers for the “Red Dress Dash”.

Additionally, the state legislature got to work passing joint resolutions recognizing American Heart Month, Go Red for Women and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness- and introduced a CPR in high schools bill and a farm-to-school bill.

Now, that was a successful Heart Month! Great Job Wisconsin!

Photo, top left: Women of the capitol photo shoot with Go Red spokeswoman Jennifer Engel of Wisconsin

The Red Dress Dash”, including State Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, sporting a red dress, carrying a women & heart disease stop sign, while dashing to the Capitol Square

The beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol with red dome and blanket of snow

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October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month–A Chance to Save Lives

Monday, October 19th, 2009

October is many things. It’s the month we honor Christopher Columbus, the month we dress up and ask that age old question, “trick or treat” but it is also Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month. So what does that mean? It means we have a chance to raise awareness about a condition that affects approximately 166,000 Americans each year. It is an opportunity to advocate for a simple device and some basic training to make a difference to the 95% of people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest and do not make it to medical treatment in time.

The Josh Miller HEARTS Act would establish a grant program to help schools purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and provide for training in CPR and AED use. The bill was prompted by the tragic death of a 15-year old high school student who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at school. It recognizes the importance of providing schools with the equipment and training necessary to save the lives of children and adults in the community as part of an overall medical emergency response plan. For every minute that passes without CPR, the chances of survival from SCA decrease by 7-10%. But the good news is that survival rates more than double when CPR and defibrillation can be quickly applied. By providing access to AEDs and proper training, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.

Please act now and urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Josh Miller HEARTS Act. It has already passed through the US House of Representatives and now we need the Senate to support and move this important legislation. We can do it with your help! Let’s make this October a life-saver!
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