McLAUGHLIN STARTS CPR TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
PILOT program will teach students life-saving skills
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today was joined by Chris Gosstola from St. Peter's Hospital and representatives from the American Heart Association in visiting aLansingburghHigh Schoolphysical education class as they received training for chest compression CPR as part of a pilot program he has initiated for local schools. At no cost to schools, McLaughlin is working with superintendents and principals to begin a chest compression-only CPR training course for all graduating seniors. The option gives students the skills to perform chest-only CPR without requiring certification.
“In order to provide our children with a well-rounded education, we need to equip them with real life skills like CPR training that will prepare them for the challenges life can throw their way,” said McLaughlin. “It’s almost unheard of inAlbanyto not pass an unfunded mandate onto our schools. With the help of St. Peter’s Hospital and the American Red Cross, this was a fully-funded mandate, at no expense to our schools or taxpayers, and these kids learned a life-saving skill.
“At Lansingburgh High School alone, we’re on track to train over 700 students. With five other school districts on board and ready to train, this funded mandate will train over 4,000 students in our district. That’s a powerful number for such an important life skill.
“I would like to thank St. Peter’s Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Steve Cameron, St. Peter’s, and the American Heart Association for their generous support of our initiative.
Based on the latest evidence and research, the American Heart Association issued a January 2011 scientific advisory that recommends CPR training with hands-on skills, as well as practice and familiarization with an Automated External Defibrillator, is taught to all students prior to graduation.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 108th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Albany, Greene, and Columbia counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.