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New law says Washington state high school students must learn CPR

May 9, 2013 · 3:37 PM
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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed SHB 1556 into law today ensuring that all high school students receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training before they graduate.  SHB 1556 will make CPR education part of health class and will create a new generation of lifesavers according to the many groups supporting the bill.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people in the United States suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, and only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR.  Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.

In King County, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) survival rates are among the best in the world, due in large part to the rigorous paramedic training, research, and quality improvement programs funded by the Medic One Foundation. Survival rates in Seattle alone are over 56%. Schools are the hearts of our community; a CPR trained student could help save the life of a child, their parent, grandparent or teacher.  With the passage of SHB 1556, SCA survival rates are only likely to increase.

A number of organizations supported the passage of this bill including The American Heart Association, The American Stroke Association, Nick of Time Foundation, and Medic One Foundation.  The bill was sponsored by first responder and State Representative Kevin Van De Wege (D) Sequim, Wash.

The bill understands that what works for one school might not work for another and is designed to give schools flexibility in how they teach their students. In as little as 20 minutes and at little to no cost to the school, thousands of high school students will be capable of responding to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency. The bill’s passage will help prepare a generation in which every brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, and stranger is trained in CPR and prepared to save lives.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – two of America’s leading killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — a leading cause of death and serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. We were created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.

About The Medic One Foundation: The Medic One Foundation is a local non-profit organization that ensures the quality of our region’s pre-hospital emergency care by funding world-class paramedic training, innovative research in new methods of patient care, and intensive medical review of paramedic performance. For more information or to get involved go to www.mediconefoundation.org.

About Nick of Time Foundation: Nick Of Time Foundation is a non-profit organization established in memory of Nicholas Dwain Varrenti.The mission of Nick of Time Foundation is to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in children and young adults. The vision of Nick of Time Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and how it affects children and young adults with the goal of saving lives through community youth heart screenings, SCA education and awareness, the formation of school and community public access defibrillator (PAD) programs, volunteer opportunities and scientific research.

 

 


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