Teachers and medical professionals want CPR training restored

Medical professionals and educators say they plan to lobby lawmakers to restore funding for a program that teaches high school students how to perform CPR in emegencies. To help adress a $1 billion shortfall in the state budget, Utah lawmakers eliminated $300,000 set aside to train every 10th grader cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the Heimlich maneuver and how to use atomated external defibrillators. The program had trained 20,000 students a year. While the new high school health curriculum includes first aid and CPR instruction, medical professionals and educators fear it will likely lack the hands-on training students have been receiving with the use of mannequins.

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