CPR training and a HS diploma could go hand in hand

By Amy Cherry/Peter MacArthur 3:43pm, March 14, 2014 - Updated 4:41pm, March 14, 2014
If you want a high school diploma, you'll have to learn CPR if the state legislature passes a new bill.

The measure requires students at both private and public schools to undergo CPR training and learn how to use an defibrillator.

"We think that it is the right thing to do. we need to empower young people on how to save a life. They are future lifesavers," said Martha Lopez-Anderson, chair of Parent Heart Watch.

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Her organization advocating for the legislation.

"Typically, sudden cardiac arrest occurs outside of the hospital setting, and believe it or not, the place that it most often occurs is on school property," said Lopez-Anderson.

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The bill would take effect starting with the class of 2017, and Lopez Anderson tells WDEL young minds will be able to retain these useful lifesaving skills.

"Once you learn a skill such as CRP and how to use an AED, it's sort of like riding a bicycle. Once you learn it, you won't forget it," she said.

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CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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