The governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 157 on Tuesday, which requires high schools in all Florida school districts to teach first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.
It also encourages middle schools, grades 6-8, to provide this same type of training for their students.
According to the Mayo Clinic, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a useful technique in many emergencies, such as a heart attack or near-drowning, in which a person’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
According to the law, the American Heart Association states that 1 in 5 fatalities from cardiac arrest could have been saved by receiving CPR from someone close by.
In addition, it points out that the leading cause of death in schools is cardiac arrest, as well as the leading cause of death among student-athletes.
Advice in case you are a witness or a close person suffers a heart attack
It is always better to do something than to do nothing, even if you fear that your knowledge or your ability is not 100% perfect. The difference between doing something and doing nothing can be a person’s life.
Here are some tips from the American Heart Association:
- Person without training. If you haven’t had CPR training, just perform hand resuscitation. This means performing uninterrupted chest compressions, between 100 and 120 per minute, until rescuers arrive. It is not necessary to attempt rescue breathing.
- Trained and ready to act person. If you are well trained and confident in your abilities, check first for a pulse and breathing. If, within 10 seconds, there is no breathing or pulse, begin chest compressions. Begin CPR with 30 compressions before taking two rescue breaths.
- Person with training but has not practiced for a long time. If you’ve received CPR training in the past but feel unsure of your abilities, only perform 100-120 chest compressions per minute until rescuers arrive.
The tips above are for adults, children, and babies who need CPR, but not for newborns (babies up to 4 weeks old).
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