A bill introduced last week in the Wisconsin assembly by Representative Ted Zigmunt (and in the state senate by Senator Dave Hansen) would require high schools to offer students the opportunity to take classes in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation and the use of anautomated external defibrillator (AED).Assembly Bill 725 would apply to all school boards and to the operators of independent charter and private schools.
The bill states that courses would be based on those currently offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association (AHA) or “other nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.”
Wisconsin Assembly Bill 725 is sponsored by by 13 representatives. After being introduced, it was referred to the Assembly’s committee on Public Health.
The bill is also supported by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Heart Association, which posted the following statement on its blog:
“The bill is designed to allow for school boards to have ultimate flexibility on implementing lifesaving instruction to fit the needs, desires and demands of the particular school district. Cardiovascular diseases remain Wisconsin’s number one killer and many lives can be saved if simple lifesaving procedures are initiated by lay rescuers. By providing this simple instruction, we will give our young adults an increased comfort level and the tools to step and help save a life.”
Wisconsin AED laws currently require proficiency in AED use for employees of day care centers and certain other institutions. However, the state does not require placement of AEDs in schools.