PA Adds CPR to the "Three R's" for High School Students

Training all young people viewed as a major life-saving effort.

All students learn the "three R's" in school. Now they'll also have to learn CPR before they graduate from high school in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 7 of 2019 which will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create a curriculum for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students in all of the state's high schools. "Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed," said Gov. Wolf.

"I'm proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure." PA Governor Tom Wolf

Act 7 requires schools to teach "hands-only" CPR, a no-breath, compression-only technique recommended by the American Heart Association for sudden cardiac arrests. The curriculum must also include the use of automatic external defibrillators.

Students will learn the "hands-only" compression CPR technique.

"This new law will help provide generations of Pennsylvanians with an important lifesaving skill," said Sen. Tom Killion, who sponsored the bill.

If you'd like to learn how to do CPR and how to use an AED, click here to find a Red Cross CPR class near you, or here to find a class administered by the American Heart Association in your community .

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