On October 10, Pinellas County became the 10th Florida school district to pass a CPR in Schools policy aimed to ensure that all public high school students learn CPR. The policy will incorporate CPR into the curriculum and ultimately benefit countless families by increasing the number of people with CPR proficiency.
Far too many people die suddenly from cardiac arrest, who might have been saved if only those around knew CPR. Nearly 350,000 people across the country have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 10 percent survive, most likely because bystanders simply don’t know what to do. When administered right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates.
Teaching students CPR will fill the state with lifesavers, ready to give sudden cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they needed to survive.