The state of Texas recently passed a law, which Governor Rick Perry signed into law, that required high school students to receive CPR training in order to graduate. The law, Texas House Bill 897, ensures that area high school teachers received CPR training from the American Heart Association, who in turn will train primarily 9th and 10th graders through hands on training in school health classes. The bill amends the Texas Education Code to require school districts to provide CPR training to grade 7 – 12 students,
The training focuses on hands-on CPR and chest compressions, and what to do in emergencies, but students looking for actual CPR certification will need continued training through a third party.
Two brothers have patented a CPR device that automatically forces air into the lungs of a person in cardiac arrest and, by eliminating the need for mouth-to-mouth contact, hope to improve the survival rate of heart attack victims.
The device started out as a high school research project and consists of a plastic mouthpiece that clears the victim’s airway, an automated metronome that sets the rate of compression, and an oxygen tank.
The boys hope that, by incorporating their device in AED units or by placing their device alongside them, they’ll see an improvement in the frustratingly low recovery rates for those who receive so-called bystander CPR, currently about 2% of adults recipients.
This device is another approach to eliminate the ‘yuck factor’ of mouth-to-mouth CPR. In 2008 ,the American Heart Association introduced hands-only CPR in its training regimen, where the rescuer pushes down hard and fast at the center of the victim’s chest and forgoes rescue breaths.
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