Joe Robach of Rochester NY has been a long time advocate of making CPR training part of a child’s education.  To this end, Joe Robach co-sponsors a bill, S.2491, which requires training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be given as a part of the high school health education.

Nationwide, nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR.  Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.  The American Heart Association recommends that hands-on CPR training be a requirement for graduation. Several studies have demonstrated that trainees, including school children, can achieve acceptable levels of skills proficiency in adult CPR in 30 minutes or less.  It is important to note that this legislation does not require all students to become certified in CPR just to learn the basic skills – thereby making learning CPR easy and affordable.

The American Heart Association’s 2010 revised CPR guidelines make it even easier for more people to perform CPR. A greater emphasis is now placed on the simplest step – chest compressions. And hands-Only CPR is easier for a bystander to perform and survival rates are similar to that of conventional CPR (with both compressions and breaths).

Due to the increased percentages of people diagnosed with heart disease each year, learning CPR can provide students with the knowledge necessary to save lives. This bill will ensure that all lessons meet the established standards of professional organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Joe Robach knows that CPR saves lives and that’s why he supports it being part of a child’s health education.  Currently, this bill is pending in the Senate’s Committee on Education which Joe Robach is a member.  For more information about this legislation or any other education legislation, please contact Joe Robach’s office.