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Survivors and Legislators Call for CPR Training in Pennsylvania Schools

HARRISBURG, PA--The American Heart Association (AHA) held a press conference Monday in the Main Rotunda as part of their annual lobby day. Speakers called for a vote on SB 521 or companion legislation HB 921, which would require every high school student in Pennsylvania to receive training in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before graduation.
 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Pennsylvania Senate to Support CPR in Schools Legislation

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the Pennsylvania Senate to vote in favor of SB 521, sponsored by PA Senator Tom Killion (R-9th). The legislation will ensure that high school students receive CPR training and learn about automated external defibrillators at least once before graduation, without placing any financial burden on schools or the Commonwealth. It has been approved by the State Education and Appropriations Committees and may go before the full Senate for a third and final vote as early as April 16th.

Pennsylvania Is Moving Toward Requiring Students to Learn CPR

There’s a growing movement for students in Pennsylvania’s secondary schools to learn more than the three Rs by adding three more letters to their curriculum: CPR. An increasing number of states are recognizing cardiopulmonary resuscitation as an extremely valuable skill and have passed laws requiring high school students to take it as a class. This year, Pennsylvania could become the 38th* state in the nation to pass such a law.

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.

When Should Athletes Undergo a Physical Examination?

It is recommended that children involved in athletics should undergo physical evaluation before participating in sports, even at a young age.

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. 

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