Editorial: Value of CPR Training

Megan Hays

“Dun dun dun, staying alive, staying alive, dun dun, dun dun.”

The late 1970s hit has recently been used to teach people the proper timing to do chest compressions as a life-saving action. The Oklahoma legislator’s passed House Bill 1378 “Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act” that requires all students enrolled in public schools to have instruction in chest compressions and how to use automatic external defibrillator (AED).

Bartlesville students receive training their senior year during an English class.

It wasn’t the training that bothered me, but something that trainer said, “You can do no harm with chest compressions.”

This is not true.

There is a chance of breaking ribs in people who have frail bones. There have also been cases of puncturing a lung. While most uses of CPR are better than nothing, it can cause more problems for those who are resuscitated.

The program instills false confidence in students taking it. While it has the potential to save a life, incorrect chest compressions by someone who thinks they know what they are doing could cause more damage than help.

Also, the state legislation is unfunded. Bartlesville is lucky enough to have a volunteer come in and teach the CPR but for some schools such help might not be as accessible. Many schools in Oklahoma have trouble keeping their doors open, and mandating them to add more requirements that are unfunded by the state could worsen the school’s situation.

CPR is a great skill to have but now that it is a state requirement for seniors, more people could have added complications to their conditions and because the state does not help fund the program it could strain schools even further.

Perhaps a better tune to the chest compressions would be “dun dun dun, another one bites the dust.”