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POLL: Should CPR Training Be a HS Graduation Requirement?

CPR training, which includes "hands only CPR" and automated defibrillator (AEDs) lessons, may soon become a graduation requirement for high school students across New York State.

Legislation is pending to make CPR training a graduation requirement for high school students across New York State.

If the bill is passed, "hands only CPR," touted by advocates as easy to learn and life-saving, will become a mandatory skill for high schoolers to learn, and will include lessons regarding the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

Sixteen states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have already implemented mandatory CPR training in schools. Approximately 5,920 minors suffer cardiac arrest each year, brought on by a variety of causes including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome.

"We need the CPR in Schools bill passed so that parents can watch their children grow up," said Suzy McCarthy at a rally the American Heart Association held near the Capitol on Tuesday. McCarthy lost her daughter, Madison, to sudden cardiac arrest 13 years ago, when Madison was five.
 
According to The American Heart Association, the leader in CPR programs, cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Sudden cardiac arrest can afflict anyone at any time, and EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year, according to a memo accompanying the proposed bill. Effective bystander CPR has been proven to double or triple a victim's chance of survival if administered soon enough, the memo adds. 

Let's hear from you. What do you think about hands-on CPR training becoming a requirement for graduation? Cast your vote in the poll above and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.
mark June 07, 2014 at 07:04 AM
how about teaching kids some basic financial fundamentals, like about loans, checking accounts etc
Kelly June 07, 2014 at 10:24 AM
not really. it should be more of a college course. High school is not the right time for it.
peter s. June 09, 2014 at 03:15 PM
How about teaching them spelling and grammar? Geography and History would also be good for them to learn. So many children complete school while lacking in basic skills.
Skinny June 10, 2014 at 07:57 AM
I'd like to see CPR and AED training offered as an elective. I agree with Mark's suggestion that ALL kids take business math. There are too many economically illiterates exiting HS and college.
Aidan June 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM
STOP asking schools to do everything … their primary mission has already been compromised by the insertion of every possible social remedy into the school day.

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