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NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Currently, less than 11 percent of these victims survive, due in large part to not receiving bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When given within the first few minutes after cardiac arrest, CPR can double – or even triple –survival rates. As a cardiac critical care nurse, I have seen many positive outcomes when bystander CPR is initiated.
The Oklahoma Legislature has approved House Bill 1378 by Representative Emily Virgin and Senator John Sparks. This bill ensures students receive basic instruction in CPR and the purpose of an automated defibrillator (AED) anytime between 9th and 12th grades. This bill was approved in a bi-partisan manner, in both the House of Representatives and Senate and soon arrive at the desk of Governor Mary Fallin.
Schools present an excellent opportunity to introduce this lifesaving skill because they are a gateway to an entire generation equipped to respond when they witness someone in their community or home suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. In In less time that it takes to watch a 30 minute TV show, students can learn the skills needed to help save someone’s life.
Oklahoma has a chance to be proactive and train its youth to save lives. I support CPR in schools, and I urge Governor Mary Fallin to sign this lifesaving legislation.
RN, BSN, MBA-HC
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