CPR Training in US High School Spreads to 25 States


A grassroots movement of constituents and volunteers have spread CPR training to US high schools. The number of U.S. states teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for high school students has now reached 25 states and more than one million high school students annually.

Alabama was the first state to require CPR training before high school graduations back in 1984. The second state, Iowa, wouldn’t come until 24 years later in 2008. From 2008 to 2015, the movement began to spread quickly. From Texas to Washington to Vermont and many states in between, the non-partisan movement has built support from all sides because policymakers know it will save lives.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.—but when ordinary people, not just doctors and EMTs, are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. A bystander trained in CPR is the strongest predictor of a victim receiving CPR. Bystanders trained in CPR are more likely to act and act competently.

There is a growing trend as more and more states are recognizing CPR as a valuable skill that should be taught to students in high school to empower them to save lives.

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