Michigan has now joined 35 states and the District of Columbia in passing legislation regarding CPR training for high school students. Michigan legislature now requires school to provide Hands-Only CPR and the use of defibrillators at least once between grades 7 and 12 beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 357,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital every year. Only 8% survive, but immediate bystander CPR can greatly increase those odds.
Hands-Only CPR can be taught in just 30 minutes and can be easily incorporated in existing health classes. Teachers do not need to be a certified trainer. Students can also earn CPR by practicing on a mannequin or watching a video. To learn Hands-Only CPR, click here.