CPR training may become mandatory in Michigan public schools

Published: Sep. 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM EDT
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Health advocates in the state of Michigan are wanting a bill to pass that relates to CPR training.

This bill would make it mandatory for all students ranging from grades 7 through 12 to learn CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. The students would get trained each year until they graduate. Paramedics say educating those to do CPR is important however, they also encourage knowing how to use an AED.

"It's not actually going to fix the problem" said Dustin Hennessy, Relief Engineer Paramedic for the Marquette City Fire Department. "If the heart electrical function isn't working properly, we need to introduce something to that to fix the problem, and what's going to fix that is the AED. That AED is actually going to stop the heart, hopefully, to get it going again back into its normal rhythm."

Advocates say this would add around 100,000 extra CPR trained individuals in Michigan per year. If the bill passes, training would be implemented by the 2017-2018 school year.