We have reached the point in our legislative session when important decisions are being made regarding Appropriations. Several issues that, if passed, can help to improve the cardiovascular health of Nebraskans are being discussed by the Appropriations Committee. Take a couple of minutes today to message legislators on these important issues.
Please contact state senators on the Appropriations Committee and ask them to support a $200,000 appropriation to be used for training Nebraska high school students in CPR. Thousands of our students could be trained in this life-saving training with this appropriation. By training high school students in CPR, we have an opportunity to create a generation in which every brother, sister, son, daughter, friend and complete stranger is trained in CPR and is prepared to save lives. Three to five minutes is a matter of life and death for sudden cardiac arrest victims. Bystanders must act quickly to save a life. CPR training can teach them what to do.
Second, please ask your state senator to support a one-time appropriation of $300,000 to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to be used for 12-Leads to help close the gap in pre-hospital treatment of STEMI. Our rescue services cannot diagnose a STEMI if they do not have the 12-Lead equipment. In order to develop the best STEMI heart attack care system we can possibly have, it must include ambulances being equipped with 12-Lead ECGs.
Finally, please take a moment to send a message to members of the Appropriations Committee and ask them to support Legislative Bill 98 which would fund tobacco prevention and cessation efforts. Tobacco use takes a tremendous toll on our state and in the U.S. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.
Take action on these important Action Alerts today, and together we can help to improve the cardiovascular health of all Nebraskans!