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State of CPR Education in U.S. High Schools

Despite majority of U.S. states requiring CPR training, wide variability exists

WASHINGTON, DC--Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is known to improve survival of cardiac arrest; however, there is a disparate geographic variation in cardiac arrest survival and only a small number of the U.S. population is trained in CPR annually. According to the Institute for Medicine (IOM), high school students may be an excellent target for CPR training. A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that over half of U.S. states require some form of CPR training in high school, but there is wide variability in instruction.

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CPR in School Laws Take Effect in Eight New States This Year

After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 after collapsing twice during a home game. The cause of death was a heart condition.

Both experiences led to efforts to improve lifesaving education in both states. In fact, Michigan and South Carolina are among eight new states that have adopted high school curriculum or passed laws requiring CPR training to graduate starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

The other six states are Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Korey Stringer Institute Ranks State High School Sports Safety Policies

The Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut has announced the release of the Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics. The purpose of this study is to provide a graded assessment of the implementation of health and safety policies related to the leading causes of sudden death and catastrophic injury in sport at the state level for secondary school athletics within the United States. The review was based on publicly available information from high school associations and state legislation.

Learning from Iowa's Experience

Implementing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Programs in High Schools

A study by Derek Hoyme and Dianne Atkins, MD at the University of Iowa may serve as an example to states that have yet to require CPR training before high school graduation.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Pennsylvania Legislature to Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges patients, families and other advocates to submit testimonials in support of the legislation.

Project to Equip All Philadelphia Schools with AEDs Nears Completion

PHILADELPHIA, PA--In an effort to promote health and safety among students, The School District of Philadelphia today announced the finishing stages of a citywide project to equip every District school with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by June 30, 2017. 

Nevada Becomes Latest State to Require CPR-AED Education Before High School Graduation

CARSON CITY, NV -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 85, which passed with bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous support.

Assembly Bill 85, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, eliminates a provision currently in state law that limits high school instruction in CPR and defibrillator usage and mandates that both CPR and AED instruction be offered in all private, charter and public schools. AB 85 will ensure that more high school students are provided the opportunity to learn potentially life-saving techniques. This measure was supported by the American Heart Association, schools districts, fire and rescue representatives and citizens.

Review Looks at State Requirements for AEDs in Schools

The installation of automated external defibrillators (AED) in schools is associated with increased survival after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to a review published March 27th in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

As state requirements for AEDs in schools in the U.S. vary widely, Mark V. Sherrid, MD, FACC, et al., used LexisNexis Academic to identify all current state statutes and regulations pertaining to AEDs in schools.

South Dakota Becomes 36th State to Require CPR Training to Graduate

Capitol building, Pierre, South DakotaCPR training will now be a requirement to graduate high school in South Dakota under legislation signed into law Friday.

South Dakota is now one of 36 states and Washington, D.C., that require high school students to be taught CPR based on American Heart Association guidelines. In those states combined, more than 2.1 million public high school students each year will have been trained in CPR.

The new law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year and will result in more than 8,000 additional South Dakotans trained in CPR each year.

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