Great news! House Bill 113 was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 14th, making Ohio the 33rd state to pass CPR in Schools legislation. As a result of House Bill 113, which takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year, more than 100,000 Ohio high school graduates each year will be trained in CPR. As part of the training, students will also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.
Doylestown, Ohio, Councilman Tony Lindeman personally believes in the importance of the law. In 2012, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while running a marathon, and his life was saved by nurses who administered CPR on the scene.
"Today the hard work and efforts of this team paid off with Governor Kasich signing HB 113," said Lindeman, who worked alongside the American Heart Association to get the bill passed. "I will forever hold such wonderful memories of … knowing we helped save more Ohio lives."
About 38 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and nine of 10 do not survive, according to AHA statistics. Bystander CPR can double or even triple the victim’s chances of survival.
Thanks to all our fantastic You're the Cure advocates who reached out to lawmakers in support of this lifesaving legislation!