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Killion Introduces Pair of Life-Saving Bills

Senator Killion speaking about his CPR bill at the Capitol on April 16, 2018

Senator Tom Killion has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at saving lives in different ways.

One bill would establish cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in Pennsylvania’s high schools, while the second bill is designed to reduce heatstroke deaths for children left in cars during hot weather.

“Good legislation can be written to save lives,” said Killion. “This is certainly the case with my CPR and child heatstroke bills. Both proposals will be top priorities for me in the Senate’s new two-year legislative session,” he added.

Killion’s CPR legislation, Senate Bill 115, passed the Senate unanimously during the last legislative session but was not considered in the state House.  The bill would set new academic standards for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. 

CPR in Schools Trains More than 300 Wisconsin Schools, 6,000 students

More than 6,000 students in Wisconsin are trained in hands-only CPR, thanks to the successful program CPR in Schools. This statewide program, funded by a grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, is coming to a close. However, with the skills and equipment provided to schools under this project, thousands of students will continue to be trained each year.

Developing Legislation Could Require Wisconsin Teachers to Learn CPR

MILWAUKEE, WI--Wisconsin state law requires students to learn CPR before they graduate from high school, but not their teachers. Now, one state lawmaker is hoping to change that.

Schools in Wisconsin are required to train students in CPR at least once between 7th and 12th grades. But for teachers, that kind of training is voluntary.

“We don't expect teachers to be fully trained first responders, but they should know a few basics and they should especially know when to call for professional help,” State Rep. Daniel Riemer/D-Milwaukee said. Riemer is now working on a bill to better prepare schools for medical emergencies.

BU's Service-Learning Initiative to Teach Hands-Only CPR to High School Students Is Successful

BOSTON, MA--PumpStart, a community service-learning program created by students at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), that teaches hands-only CPR to the general public, is effective for both teaching high school students a life-saving skill and providing medical students with an opportunity to engage in public health and medical education.

Damian Hinds: Learning Life-Saving Skills in School is Crucial

UK Education Secretary stresses importance of basic life-saving skills and first aid – under plans for health education to become compulsory in all schools.

LONDON, UK--The United Kingdom Education Secretary today underlined the importance of every child having the chance to learn life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency, under plans for health education to be taught in every school.

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kids are Teaching Kids What to Do in Medical Emergencies Through Harpers Heart Heroes; Statewide Campaign Launched

Harpers Heart Heroes

KALAMAZOO, MI--There is a cardiac arrest every second in the United States. Ninety percent of people who have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not survive. If CPR is started right away, survival rates increase to forty percent.

Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of high school students who are learning how to do CPR. However, there is no training program for elementary age children. Most of these kids do not know how to tell if someone is unresponsive and may not call 911 or get help.

A study done at The Gagie School in Kalamazoo, indicates that many kids have heard of CPR, but most do not know when or why it is used. After learning about what to do in a medical emergency and watching an American Heart Association CPR video, all of the fourth graders knew how to respond if someone was unresponsive. Additionally, forty percent were able to do effective, hands-only CPR.  

Cardiac Arrest Survival Higher in States with Required High School CPR Training

American Heart Association Meeting News Brief - Presentation 22 Session: 15

DALLAS, TX--Required CPR education in high school may lead to higher bystander CPR and cardiac arrest survival rates, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018 - an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.                                              

Three-Fourths of Americans Believe Schools Should Have Automated External Defibrillators Installed

CINCINNATI, OH--According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, and 90 percent are fatal.1 A new poll commissioned by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of workplace first aid and safety supplies, found that 75 percent of Americans believe schools should have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on-site. The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll, August 28-30, 2018, among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Killion CPR Bill Passes Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed a life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation bill authored by Senator Tom Killion (R-9).

Killion’s Senate Bill 521 will strengthen academic standards in schools for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. If enacted, this instructional enhancement in high schools will substantially expand CPR training in the state.

The goal of Killion’s legislation is to prepare students with fundamental life skills.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges PA Senators to Support CPR Training in Pennsylvania Schools

SB 521 (Killion) CPR training in high schools, will likely “run” today on final consideration in the Senate.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again urging 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.

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