You Might be the Difference for your Community!
The CPR in Schools law (Public Act 388 of 2016) was signed into law on Dec 28, 2016. The goal is very simple— to save lives, and to empower Michigan’s youth to be those lifesavers by giving them the skills and confidence needed to help during a cardiac emergency. If all Michigan high school students learn basic CPR prior to graduation, Michigan will gain 100,000 more CPR-trained lifesavers each year.
Each day in the United States, approximately 1,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital setting. Of those witnessed by another person, less than half receive CPR prior to EMS arriving, oftentimes because the person witnessing the arrest doesn’t know what to do.
Schools present an opportunity to teach our youth compressions-only CPR. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public spaces such as our schools. Hands-Only CPR training can take as little as 30 minutes and can be easily incorporated into existing curriculum.
The American Heart Association has placed CPR in School kits throughout Michigan with Regional School Health Coordinators at 24 Intermediate School Districts or Regional Educational Service Agencies in a lending library system. These resources are available but some schools will need additional support with equipment depending on availability to these locations and their school plan for training.
Dr.’s William and Barbara Rafaill of Albion, MI are the first donors to step-up to this challenge. The Rafaills are longtime supporters of the American Heart Association and recognized the need for CPR in Schools Kits in Calhoun and Oceana County. Because of their generous gift, the American Heart Association placed kits in 22 schools in these counties. Other corporate donors have also assisted in placing CPR in Schools Kits in area schools.