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American Heart Association celebrates a law which will teach DC students CPR

On June 29, 2016

Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs.
 
Every hour in the U.S. approximately 38 people will have a cardiac arrest event outside of the hospital – more than 326,000 each year. Nine out of 10 people will not survive. However, if lifesaving CPR is performed, a victim's chance of surviving can double, or even triple. This essential life skill will be incorporated into the high school health education curriculum and will ultimately benefit countless families by increasing the number of people with CPR proficiency. In D.C., over 3,000 students graduate from public and charter high schools every year – that makes 3,000 lifesavers.
 
The District would join 34 states that require hands-only CPR training in secondary school, including Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota and New York.

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