“Hannah’s Law” on choking in day care

Kathryn Elliott

Hannah Kozitzka choked on a grape and died at her daycare facility in June 2010. When the accident happened, none of the care providers in the room with her knew CPR. 

The toddler’s grandfather, Ron Edlund, contacted state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, to propose “Hannah’s Law” that would require care center teachers and assistant teachers to complete CPR training for infants and children.

The bill was approved unanimously by the House last week and moves to the Senate, where a  companion bill has been sponsored by Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville.

To keep such a preventable tragedy from occurring in the future, at least one staff person with the CPR training must be present on field trips and while transporting children.

At the University of Minnesota Child Care Center staff are required to undergo a background check and comply with various licensing requirements.

The licensing requirements regarding CPR can be found under statute 245A.40 Subd 4.
The care center’s full time staff have pediatric CPR and pediatric First Aid training. The University care center holds both of these trainings twice a year for its staff.