Last month, the American Heart Association achieved an exciting milestone in our nationwide campaign to teach all students to 'be CPR smart!' Thanks to the help of You're the Cure advocates, seventeen states now require CPR training as a high school graduation requirement, adding over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save lives. Thirty-three states, including Florida, still need to pass legislation to make CPR a graduation requirement.
Recently, U.S. News spoke with experts about CPR in Schools to address the four common questions parents have about the requirements, which are:
- Are teenagers strong enough to perform CPR?
- How long does the instruction take?
- How much does CPR training cost schools?
- What happens if you perform CPR incorrectly on someone in cardiac arrest?
Each year, 424,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Considering bystander CPR can double or triple survival rates when given right away, this law is critical to helping save lives. Stay tuned for future You're the Cure alerts on how you can be part of our movement to train the next generation of life-savers!