First Aid Req.
Peter K Kennon (lego@VISI.COM)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 16:24:44 -0600
I would like to bring up something that started in our troop and is
beginning to fuel a debate in the council.
Should The CPR requirement be dropped from first class?
During the past 10 yrs. the age of first class scouts has been getting
younger and younger, now the BSA goal is 12-13 yrs.old. As the scouts are
getting younger the advances in understanding and practice of CPR has be
getting more advanced. The American Heart Asso. (AHA) Recommends that a
person administering CPR be at least 16 yrs of age. The reasoning behind
this is that younger people do not have the strength to adequately
administer it. As a member of the local Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept and a
NREMT-B I have been trained time and time again to administer CPR and have
done so on many occasions and I personally agree with the guideline. There
is a great amount of strength to perform the compressions. Also with the
procedures for first aid changing about every 1-2 yrs. the BSA Handbook is
already out of date. Now the changes wouldn't mean life or death but my
improve the effectiveness of the CPR.
The other issue is the people teaching the CPR. Most often they are troop
guides that have no training at all. Or, a SM or ASM that has had only a
community CPR class or none at all.
The change that should be made:
Remove the requirement form 1st class
Change the requirement in First Aid MB to mandate the CPR be taught by a
Cer. Instructor and the scouts meet current AHA standards. (AHA is usually
1yr ahead of the Red Cross)
Your opinions are welcome.
Peter K. Kennon
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