2 new bills would require CPR training for high school students

CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) - Two bills introduced to the state legislature aim to save lives in South Carolina by requiring that high school students learn Hands-Only CPR before they graduate.

The bills would require the addition of the training to the health education curriculum in high schools, according to a news release from the American Heart Association. Hands-Only CPR is used in response to a sudden cardiac arrest, and the AHA estimates that when given right away, it can double or triple survival rates.

"This legislation ensures a future of citizenry with the confidence necessary to assist in life-threatening events. Confidence gained through CPR training, which empowers action. Action that can save lives," said Senator Malloy, who co-sponsored the bills with Ray Cleary in the state senate. "Sudden cardiac arrest has no prejudice. It can happen to anyone, at any time."

Representatives Jay Lucas and Mike Sottile sponsored the bills in the state house.

Nearly 383,000 people have sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year, the AHA states, and only 11 percent of them survive.

"The American Heart Association's (AHA) goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in South Carolina to help keep our communities safer, year after year," said Francee Levin, sudden cardiac arrest survivor and AHA volunteer. "Having a new generation of lifesavers will benefit everyone, and this legislation will be the key to a change that will have invaluable impact on lives saved."

Currently, five states, including North Carolina, require that all students take a CPR training course before graduation. The AHA says the course takes about 30 minutes to complete.

For more information on the American Heart Association's work to teach Hands-Only CPR, visit:

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