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CPR in schools bill passes Michigan Senate

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The American Heart Association applauded the Michigan Senate for voting unanimously in support of the CPR in Schools bill Tuesday.

The bill’s counterpart in the House passed out of committee May 12 and awaits similar action by the full House. The bills would ensure all Michigan students learn the life-saving skill of CPR before graduation.

“I am proud of my colleagues in the Senate for taking this important step toward bringing more lifesavers into our communities,” said Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, the sponsor of the Senate bill. “CPR saves lives, and if all Michigan high school students learn basic CPR prior to graduation, Michigan will gain 100,000 more CPR-trained lifesavers each year.”

Thirty-two states across the country have already passed laws to ensure every high school student is CPR-trained before graduation. Five of those states have passed CPR in Schools bills since the introduction of Michigan’s bills, SB 647 and HB 5160, in December. Bills in Missouri and Ohio are currently sitting on the governors’ desks and are expected to be signed during National CPR and AED Awareness Week June 1-7.

“We applaud the Senate for its overwhelming support of this bill to ensure every student in Michigan learns the life-saving skill of CPR before graduation,” said Sarah Poole, government relations director for the AHA. “We await action in the House to make Michigan the next state to pass CPR in Schools legislation so that we can prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s lifesavers.” 

Nearly 357,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 8 percent survive. The combined use of CPR and automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, greatly increases a person’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest. In fact, CPR can nearly triple survival rates for cardiac arrest by providing assistance until the EMTs arrive.  

The legislation is supported by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, Michigan Emergency Nurses Association, Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan State Medical Society, SaveMIHeart and more. 

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