Over 20 states in the U.S. currently teach CPR in schools to high school students. If the NY State Education Department recommends CPR training in schools to the Board of Regents this week, New York may become the next state to teach students one of the most valuable life-saving skills—CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation).
For years, New Yorkers have been calling for CPR training for students. Students, teachers, survivors and bereaved families (such as those of 14-year-old Ronan, and the mothers of 14-year-old Emily and Kindergartner Madison) have written and called legislators.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not discriminate among gender, race, fitness level, or age. A victim in cardiac arrest often shows no symptoms before they collapse suddenly and lose consciousness.
The AHA states that approximately 48 people in the U.S. will have a cardiac arrest event every hour outside of the hospital. Nine out of ten people will not survive. However, if lifesaving CPR is performed, a victim’s chance of surviving can double, or even triple.
Sadly, nearly 90 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die because they do not receive CPR. CPR effectively buys time for emergency services to arrive, which in some areas could take longer the critical 10 minute window of time before brain damage or death can occur for many out-of-hospital SCA victims. Too often, bystanders hesitate to perform the life-saving skill for lack of knowledge or fear of worsening the situation. ANY CPR IS BETTER THAN NONE. Learn Hands-Only CPR from American Heart Association in this quick video.
According to Buffalo News, “New York is inching closer and the final decision lies in the hands of the Board of Regents. Board members are likely to receive recommendations on CPR training for students at their next meeting on Monday. And they have just 60 days to act on those recommendations.”
We could not be more thrilled seeing the list of states taking steps to train and prepare students how to save a life. The more people that know CPR, the more lives that can be saved!
U.S. States that currently mandate CPR training for high school graduation include the following:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island