Senate Passes ‘Teaching Children To Save Lives Act’

Senate Passes ‘Teaching Children To Save Lives Act’ – CPR training programs for students

Rosemarie Sweeney

The “Teaching Children to Save Lives Act,” (S. 727), passed by the Senate in November, allows local school districts to apply for federal grants to implement cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training programs that will enable students to respond to life-threatening cardiovascular emergencies, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The bill authorizes $30 million over three years to purchase CPR materials such as mannequins and to train teachers as instructors. Schools that already have CPR training programs will be allowed to apply for grants to implement training for automated external defibrillators. The schools, in conjunction with community organizations such as the AHA, fire and police departments, hospitals, and parent-teacher associations, would begin CPR training in grades six through 12. “We hope that learning CPR at an early age will help give children the confidence to handle emergency situations,” said Lawrence B. Sadwin, chair of the AHA, “and that it will encourage them to update these skills as they become adults.” The bill, which was introduced to the Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.), must be passed by the House of Representatives and signed by President Bush.

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