With more and more states requiring CPR Training for high school students as a requirement for graduation; there are still some states that are lagging behind. So do you think that CPR training should be compulsory?
Some states like Michigan have been proactive and have recently unanimously passed the "CPR in School" bill.
The new requirement, signed into law just before the end of 2016, will make it mandatory that Michigan schools train students on hands-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and the use of defibrillators at least once between grades 7 and 12. As of right now, the training in Michigan public schools is done in seventh and ninth grades, from which students receive certificates good for two years.
The exciting thing is that Michigan joins 35 other states and the District of Columbia that already have laws requiring CPR training before graduation. However, the United States and its implementation of CPR and cardiovascular emergency care are still less advanced as compared to a few European countries. For example, a number of European countries require first aid training, and it has been reported that as many as 95% of Norwegians and 80% of Germans are trained and proficient in CPR and AED use.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.