The State of Mississippi
Overall health rank: 49th
Overview: Mississippi is one of a few number of states whose rural population is over 50% (54.8%) of its total population. In total, 2,984,926 people live in the "Magnolia State" which unfortunately touts the lowest life expectancy in the United States at 75 years. Mississippi has an above average percentage of uninsured individuals and a below average percentage of individuals covered by employer insurance.
Mississippi's overall health rank can be explained by having the 2nd highest rate of individuals who are overweight or obese and that 26% of adults smoke. Mississippi has the highest rate of infant deaths and high rates of death due to drowning and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Mississippi has the 5th highest rates of death from coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke. The 2nd highest rate of death due to diabetes is found in the state of Mississippi.
Adults in Mississippi currently report that 33.7% had high blood pressure, 38.5% had high blood cholesterol and 11.1% had diabetes. Diet and exercise habits were also accessed and 60.4% of adults reported that they have not exercised in the past 30 days and only 18.1% ate fruit and vegetables at least 5 times a day. The origin of Mississippi's name comes from an Indian word meaning "Father of waters". As we are aware of, water is essential for life and so is the need for individuals certified and trained in CPR and AED use in the state of Mississippi to protect the present and the future.
Mississippi state laws and statutes regarding AED
The person using the AED must receive appropriate training in CPR and in the use of an AED by a nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use. Any person who in good faith, with or without compensation, gives emergency care by the use of an AED will be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of that care, where the person acts as an ordinary, reasonably wise person would have acted under similar circumstances and the person's actions does not amount to intentional or unprovoked misconduct or gross negligence.
BLS, CPR and AED related news stories
July 19, 2007 - "Gulfport Woman's Training And Quick Thinking Saves Toddler's Life"
A women witnessed a man who had suffered a fatal heart attack which left her feeling lost and hopeless. She vowed to never feel that way again and organized a CPR training class for herself along with her family and fellow co-workers. 13daysafterthecompletionofthetrainingshe would have to use her skills on her own granddaughter. This time she knew what to do and performed the Heimlich Maneuver after her grand daughter began to choke and saved her life.
July 1, 2012 - "Seabee Talks About His Act Of Heroism"
A man walking his dog hears a scream coming from an apartment nearby. The screams were coming from a grandmother who found that her 19-month old granddaughter was not breathing. The man ran up the stairs to the apartment he heard the screams coming from and dashed inside seeing the toddler in need of attention. He performed CPR until paramedics arrived and together they saved the child's life.