McLaughlin Starts CPR Training Program For High School Students
Pilot program will teach students life-saving skills
June 5, 2012

Students from Lansingburgh High School are trained for chest-only CPR during physical education class as part of a pilot program by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

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 a Lansingburgh High School physical 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 in Albany to 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."

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin was joined by Lansingburgh High School Principal Frank Macri and St. Peter's Hospital Associate Chris Gosstola to discuss his pilot program to Lansingburgh High School students during physical education class, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

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.