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Minnesota Institutes Law for CPR Training for Day Care Centers

By Rob Shainess, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Minnesota law now requires day care workers take a CPR course before working with children. The new law is called “Hannah’s Law”. Hannah’s law requires that all Minnesota day care center personnel, including teachers, assistants and staff who transport children, be CPR certified. The law came about as a result Hannah Kozitza’s death last summer, a four-year-old who suddenly choked on a grape at a day care center in North Mankato, Minnesota.

Under Minnesota’s previous laws, only one person in a day care was required to be trained in CPR. Charlie Brown day care center, located in Mason City, requires all of their employees to be CPR certified, regardless of how much they work. Kim Tabbert, the Assistant Director of the day care said, “We just want to make sure all our kids are safe. It’s a comfort to the parents; it’s a comfort to the staff to know that the people you are working with are trained in this.”

According to the American Heart Association, almost 92 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching a hospital. But statistics also prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. For more information on this story, see childcare and CPR.