Student Samaritan Initiative - Require Teens to Submit Proof of CPR Training to the DMV

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Over 350,000 out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests occur annually, as reported by the American Heart Association. Unfortunately only 8% of these victims survive, with barely a fraction of these who walk out of the hospital.

"WHEREAS, When combined with a timely response by emergency medical services, CPR can drastically increase a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival; and WHEREAS, Encouraging boards of education to include CPR training as part of the high school curriculum will provide students with crucial life-saving instruction and will drastically increase the safety of the State’s citizens"
- Assembly Resolution No. 13; State of New Jersey 214th Legislature

But there’s something we can do to change this. According to the American Heart Association and recent scientific research, effective and proper bystander CPR can double, or even triple a victim's chance of survival. With better training comes better survival outcomes.

The High School Association of Medical Engineers & Scientists, Inc. (HAMES), a New Jersey based Nonprofit Organization run by high school students, has launched the Student Samaritan Initiative to challenge these statistics. 

The Student Samaritan Initiative Project has two incentives:

1). Dispatch our certified Instructors to at least one school in every county in New Jersey, and promote free hands-only CPR & AED training.

2). Petition the State of New Jersey to make an amendment to the Assembly Bill A2027 regarding the enforcement of CPR training in schools.

On August 20th, 2014, the State of New Jersey had passed a Moderate Partisan Bill that required high schools to integrate a form of CPR training within the health curriculum (certification not required) prior to a high school student’s graduation. Although the establishment of this Bill is a major step towards improving Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates in the community, HAMES feels this act can be further strictly enforced and regulated. 

In the name of the Student Samaritan Initiative, HAMES and the people of New Jersey are petitioning the State of New Jersey to make an amendment that requires minors to provide proof of CPR training to the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission during the application of a probationary driving permit. 

It is our hope that with this enactment, New Jerseyans will be comforted to a high degree with the guaranteed assurance that the entire generation of new drivers have received quality training in the performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an AED.

By signing this petition, you’ll express your support towards this major impact and the continued mission of turning students into samaritans.

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