KANSAS PTA RESOLUTION - CPR and Early Defibrillation in Schools

Whereas,        It is a purpose of the PTA to promote the health and welfare of children and youth; and

Whereas,        The death of a seemingly healthy child from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a traumatic occurrence affecting entire communities, and

Whereas,        Survival rates increase from 5% to nearly 70% if defibrillation occurs within the first 3 to 5 minutes of onset; therefore be it

Resolved,       That Kansas PTA will support the development of medical emergency plans, including CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and AED’s (automatic external defibrillators), in all Kansas schools; and be it further

Resolved,       That Kansas PTA will support efforts to educate the public about the importance of CPR and early defibrillation.



The American Heart Association reports that an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 children, and up to 450,000 Americans total, die each year from sudden cardiac arrest.  They also report that as much as 20% of the combined U.S. adult and child population can be found in schools on any given day.  In a survey of elementary and high schools, 18% of teachers indicated that they have provided some level of emergency care to more than 20 students each academic year.  According  to  Medtronic, a pioneer of defibrillation technology for more than 50 years, the average response time to a 911 call is 6 to 12 minute.  The American Red Cross, a leader in First Aid/CPR/AED training, reports that each minute defibrillation is delayed reduces the chance of survival by about 10%.  With the development of specialized electrodes for young children and the simplicity of AED use, their presence in schools could be the difference between life and death.  Mary Newman, Executive Director of the National Center for Early Defibrillation, believes that by placing AEDs in schools and training students in their use, in time, a whole generation of adults will be comfortable with the devices and that a new response culture in which quick, effective “bystander” action is the norm, not the exception, will develop.


Submitted by the Kansas PTA Resolution Committee

Approved by the Kansas PTA Board of Managers on February 6, 2005