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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2019 12:17 PM
From: Representative Stephen Barrar
To: All House members
Subject: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Instruction in High School
Over 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, 88% of which happen outside of a hospital. Many bystanders feel helpless to assist a victim because they were never taught CPR.

I plan to introduce legislation focused on the importance of knowing CPR to reduce these startling statistics. Specifically, my legislation would ensure high school students receive hands-only instruction and are prepared to use this important life skill.

My legislation does not place any new mandate, rule or requirement on Pennsylvania schools. It simply requires the Department of Education to collaborate with trusted national organizations to further define existing curriculum requirements, so students are taught the most recent techniques in CPR.

This initiative has been a priority of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for the past several years. Nationally, 38 other states have adopted this policy, including all the states surrounding Pennsylvania.

Please join me in cosponsoring this lifesaving legislation.

Introduced as HB934