Thursday, February 16, 2012

CPR Measure Passes First Step

Moments ago a House sub-committee approved a measure that would add CPR training to Oklahoma schools. We applaud the Appropriations subcommittee on Education for their vote and encourage the full committee to approve this measure.

If you didn’t take action on the alert from yesterday, please take a second today and ask your State Representative to support CPR in schools. Click here to take action now!

This bill will teach our students the life saving technique of CPR as well as provide a training on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. The next step will be for the entire Appropriations committee to vote on this bill, then the Oklahoma House and Senate.

When a sudden cardiac event occurs, fast action is needed to save a life. By teaching CPR training to all our students we can create an entire generation of potential heroes.

The American Heart Association Supports CPR in School - HB 2912

The American Heart Association wants everyone to know the lifesaving technique of CPR, and what better way to start than with our children. AHA is asking Oklahoma legislators to consider the number of lives implementing such legislation would save.

Consider these facts:

-Less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

-Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors. Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.

-Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

-Schools are meant to prepare students to contribute to their communities. By teaching students CPR it will enable them to do just that and, possibly, someday save a life.

Right now this bill is being considered in the House Appropriations committee.  Click here to take action and tell your State Representative to support HB 2912!

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