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NYS Senate passes CPR in schools bill
New York High school students are one step closer to learning CPR in school, now that the New York State Senate passed the legislation allowing it Thursday.
The bill will require the Commissioner of Education to make recommendations to the Board of Regents to enable high school students to be trained in CPR and the use of automated defibrillators.
Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year, Senator Grisanti said in a statement. It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation and its time to add New York to the list.
According to the American Heart Association, about 400,000 people have cardiac arrest issues outside of a hospital every year. Only about 10 percent of them survive because they dont receive CPR.
CPR can double or triple survival rates if given right away.