Bills would require CPR training to graduate high school

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Lawmakers are proposing legislation to require all Michigan schools to provide CPR training to students before they can receive a high school diploma.

The American Heart Association says 27 states require CPR education for graduation.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rep. Thomas Hooker say guaranteeing that seventh- to 12-graders know CPR would save lives.

The Republicans introduced their bills in December and held a Capitol news conference Tuesday to promote the measures, which are backed by the medical community.

Nearly 357,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and just 8 percent survive. Supporters of the legislation say CPR can nearly triple cardiac arrest survival rates.

The bills have been referred to legislative education committees.

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s