The new legislation in Michigan would require high school students to be trained in certain lifesaving skills before their graduation.
Presented by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, the Senate Bill 647 would make a thirty minutes CPR training mandatory for students from grade 7th to 12th. The legislation follows the guidelines offered by the American Heart Association.
According to Schuitmaker, “Cardiac events happen, certainly heart disease is the number one killer of women in our state; and so that’s why it’s important to have this skill.”
Moreover, the students would also be required to learn the usage of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) devices, which are placed in a lot of schools and businesses.
Schuitmaker also said, “It’s important that people be instructed to know how to use them, that thy’re not scared; so when an emergency happens and arises, that people can jump to and save lives.”
The training will be funded by the schools. Also, the students who cannot perform CPR due to physical disabilities would be exempt from the requirement. The bill has moved to the Senate Education Committee.
Schuitmaker said, “This will save lives.”
At present, 27 states have made it mandatory for the students to get CPR training before they graduate high school.