Month: April 2015

                                                                                                                                                      We often receive inquiries regarding what to do with old or empty emergency oxygen (O2) cylinders. The simple answer is to recycle them – O2 cylinders are either aluminum or stainless steel, but compressed oxygen is considered a hazardous material. So, what steps are necessary to dispose of a used O2 cylinder? Follow these steps to dispose of your empty oxygen containers: Determine whether you have aluminum or stainless steel containers. A magnet will stick to stainless steel; it won’t stick to aluminum. Empty the tanks. Leave the valve open to allow all oxygen to drain. You may also …

  The Texas House of Representatives has tentatively approved House Bill 767 which will require ECG/EKG screening for students wishing to participate in scholastic sports. If adopted, this bill will make Texas the first state in the union to make screening for cardiac anomalies mandatory for potential student athletes. The screenings will be incorporated with the physical exams required for participation in school sports programs. The bill includes a provision to opt out of the screening at the request of the student and at least one parent. Screening will be required before the first and third year of the student’s …

Maine lawmakers have introduced House Bill LD556 which would require public schools to offer hands-only CPR to high school students. Legislators were joined by members of the American Heart Association® and community representatives in showing support for the bill. The goal, according to the bill’s sponsor Representative Matt Pouliot, is to create a generation of lifesavers in Maine. We notice a trend here (and if you’ve been reading our blog lately, you might have noticed a trend too!). Depending on how quickly the bill passes muster, Maine could become the 23rd state with such a law on the books. With several …

A bill which would require adding CPR instruction to the curriculum of New York school students was introduced to, and approved by, the state assembly and senate last October. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, which required the New York State Education Department to develop a plan on how to implement the CPR training. The deadline for the Education Department to deliver its plan to the Board of Regents is this Sunday, April 19th, 2015. The board of regents will then have 60 days to consider the plan which would make New York the 22nd state to require …

April is upon us and spring is in the air. Spring is nature’s way of saying “out with the old, in with the new!” We’ve all participated in spring cleaning. We’ve been sealed in our abodes for the duration of winter and now it’s time to let the old air out and the new air in. Open the doors and windows and take a deep, cleansing breath. It is also time to open the cabinet door or the carry case of your AED. Is the status indicator showing you are ready for a rescue situation? How are the expiration dates …