Bills would require CPR training to graduate high school
LANSING, Mich. – Lawmakers are proposing legislation to require all Michigan schools to provide CPR training to students before they can receive a high school diploma.
The American Heart Association says 27 states require CPR education for graduation.
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rep. Thomas Hooker say guaranteeing that seventh- to 12-graders know CPR would save lives.
The Republicans introduced their bills in December and held a Capitol news conference Tuesday to promote the measures, which are backed by the medical community.
Nearly 357,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and just 8 percent survive. Supporters of the legislation say CPR can nearly triple cardiac arrest survival rates.
The bills have been referred to legislative education committees.
House Bills 5160 and Senate Bill 647: http://1.usa.gov/20TBvRF
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