Is your school prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency?
Montana state law directs the Office of Public Instruction to help school districts find appropriate resources for cardiac readiness, AED purchase, grant funding, and staff training in AED use and CPR. The new law, passed in 2017, encourages Montana school districts to provide a program of study in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and install and have ready to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). MCA 20-7-1315
The Cardiac Ready Communities Program at the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has an excellent Toolkit that can help your school determine its readiness to handle a cardiac emergency. This toolkit is a great place to start to assess your needs and know what is involved in acquiring equipment and training personnel.
For more information about the Cardiac Ready Communities Program, and names of on-site AED trainers and information on registering AEDs at your school, contact Janet Trethewey, EdD, Cardiac Ready Communities Program Manager, 406.444.0442 or visit the Cardiac Ready Communities website. Visit the Public Access Defibrillation website for information on registering AEDs at your location.