January 25, 2011 11:49 by Nina
The American Heart Association wants states to require high school students to learn how to give CPR and use a defibrillator, according to Education Week. Mary Fran Hazinski, professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University, is confident that it would “create a generation that could be trained, ready and willing to act.”
Considering that 36 states currently require or encourage their schools to provide CPR training, Hazinski, along with members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Heart Association, want CPR and defibrillator training mandatory for high school graduation in all states.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States with an estimated 300,000 incidents every year. By preparing tomorrow’s leaders with the vital knowledge CPR and defibrillator training will bring, the chances of survival can be dramatically increased.
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