Proposed Iowa Coaching CPR Certification Rules

From the Iowa Medical Society:

Recently, the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) voted to move forward with implementing an IMS 2016 policy priority to require that all school coaches in Iowa obtain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The draft rules, on track to take effect later this year, require individuals to hold a current CPR training certificate as a condition of obtaining a coaching endorsement or authorization. This week, IMS submitted written comments in support of this common-sense measure to protect Iowa’s student athletes.

This proposed policy was first put forward by an IMS member physician from Northwest Iowa. Last fall, the IMS Committee on Legislation endorsed the idea and recommended that it be among the proactive measures IMS pursue during the 2016 Legislative Session. Through the course of legislative discussions around the bill to require this training, the BOEE indicated that it felt it has sufficient statutory authority to impose such a requirement absent legislation. Following session, IMS met with BOEE staff to begin the process of drafting these administrative rules. These new rules mark another public health success in pursuit of the IMS core purpose: To assure the highest quality health care in Iowa through our role as physician and patient advocate.

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