THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

37

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO SURVEY AND REPORT ON CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION INSTRUCTION BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT STATE DEPARTMENTS.

 

 


WHEREAS, it is reported that of the four hundred thousand people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States each year, only six percent survive the episode; and

 

WHEREAS, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, every year in Hawaii, emergency medical services teams treat nearly one thousand one hundred cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, with only nine percent of these victims surviving; and

 

WHEREAS, the American Heart Association's cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines state that in studies of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, adults who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander were more likely to survive than those who did not receive any type of cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and

 

WHEREAS, cities that have increased training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation have seen cardiac arrest survival rates reach up to sixty percent; and

 

WHEREAS, seventy percent of Hawaii residents reported feeling helpless to act during a cardiac arrest emergency because they do not know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and

 

WHEREAS, cardiopulmonary resuscitation training can be completed in a single thirty-minute session; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Health is requested to survey and report on cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction being offered through state departments; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Health is requested to further identify the following:

 

(1) How often cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction is offered;

 

(2) The vendors with whom the State contracts for cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction;

 

(3) The minimum requirements of participants for cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction; and

 

(4) Whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be offered or made available to students at public schools; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Health is requested to submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2022; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health.

Report Title:

Department of Health; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instruction