Great news from Capitol Hill! Congresswoman Lois Capps of California’s 24th District announced earlier this week the introduction of Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308). If passed, the bill would provide support for AED and CPR training programs for students in schools and other educational organizations. The bill would also provide support for teachers and administrators to become certified AED and CPR instructors as well funds for AEDs in schools. Capps, who served as a school nurse and public health advocate for 20 years, is extremely passionate about the success of this bill.
She states, “every second counts when someone is suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, yet few people know what to do in an emergency. That is why it’s so important to teach students the life-saving skills of how to perform CPR and use an AED – skills they could use to one day save the life of a classmate, family member, or even a complete stranger. By training a generation of students in emergency response, we can dramatically reduce the rate of death from sudden cardiac arrest in our country.“
This bill is obviously a step in the right direction towards equipping all American schools with AEDs to keep children and teachers safe. Sudden cardiac arrest can and does occur in young children, and a properly equipped AED can be the difference between life and death. You can let Representative Capps how much you appreciate her advocacy for AEDs and training in schools on her Facebook page.