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I am very excited about a new idea. I spoke to the president of our Heart to Heart charity about the whole defibrillator and training issue. She had some great ideas. The board had discussed a two-pronged approach--a campaign to help schools get defibrillators and training, and a letter-writing campaign to the state legislature to require defibrillators in schools as well as EKGs for high school athletes. Apparently other states have done this.

My idea, building on hers, is to pass legislation requiring improvement in CPR training: requiring school districts to have first responder drills at least as often as fire drills, which would include AED training if they have an AED; requiring CPR/AED to be taught as part of the required Health class for high schoolers; requiring a first responder to be on campus at any time that a campus is open to students.

I don't know if any of these things are currently required by our state, so my first mission is to find out. I've never been an activist before, so I really don't know the players. But I can learn. And hopefully, lives can be saved.

Wisconsin has a great program that I hope to learn more about called Project Adam. I am so excited about having something to do in W's memory.

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scienceguru
Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
I am not sure, but I always thought CPR was taught in health class anyway. It was when I was in high school back in 1987.

You might add 'requiring teachers to be CPR trained' to the list of things to advocate for. A kid could have an arrest at any time, really, not just in a class where physical activity takes place. I know band directors, coaches and the like are required to be trained, but it could not hurt to have everyone trained, you know?
lonestarslp
Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
W took health, but he didn't tell me he learned CPR. Of course, he didn't tell me a lot of things. :) Having all teachers trained is a great idea!
celticgirl106
Sep. 23rd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
My high school kinda sorta teaches CPR, not well enough to certify anyone or really help unless you know it ahead of time and just need a reminder. Having all the teachers trained would be great & the whole program you have in mind sounds wonderful.
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