Equipping our next generation of young adults with the skills to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the know-how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a worthy cause that can make the ultimate difference in an emergency situation. 
House Bill 113, sponsored by Representatives Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), ensures that high school students practice hands-on training with a mannequin to learn the psycho-motor skills necessary to perform CPR. Additionally, this legislation will require students in grades 9 through 12 to receive CPR training through the use of an AED.  This life-saving device is widely available and easy to use with this practical training instilling confidence in our youth to provide invaluable treatment when necessary.
In order to provide school districts with some flexibility and local control, HB 113 provides that students can receive this basic CPR training at any point in the four years they attend high school.  The training must last at least 30 minutes, but students are not required to become CPR certified.
CPR is most effective if performed as soon as possible after a cardiac arrest.  According to the American College of Cardiology, an increase in bystander resuscitation has a direct impact on the survival of patients.  Studies have also indicated that increased availability of AEDs is likely to have an impact on survival.
Thirty other states have required students to learn CPR through training in public high schools.  This life-saving technique can truly bridge the gap between when a cardiac arrest occurs and when the emergency responders to arrive.  A person in cardiac arrest is two to three times more likely to survive if CPR is administered during this bridge time.  Cardiovascular specialists have come together locally, nationally and across the world with a unified goal of raising awareness and encouraging more training for CPR. 
Supporters of this legislation include the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.  For more information about how widespread CPR training can save lives please,  Sudden cardiac arrest has become a leading cause of death in the United States.  It my hope that this initiative will help turn that around for future generations.  House Bill 113 passed the General Assembly in May and the training requirements will become effective in the 2017-2018 school year.

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