Over 1,500,000 High School Students will learn CPR to Graduate

Teens in high school around over half of America are now required to learn CPR as a part of their graduating curriculum. This means more than 1,500,000 newly minted CPR educated graduating high school students will be in our communities next year.

You can check out the states which require CPR for graduation here

Each year trained teens will be educated to assist in providing CPR to someone having sudden cardiac arrest.  This is one of the most common cause of death in the U.S. with almost 1000 people dying a day because of sudden cardiac arrest.

The AHA (American Heart Association) has recommended new CPR training guidelines in 2016.  So this is a perfect alignment of new state policies with the implementation of the newest AHA – CPR procedures.  Fortunately all these high school students will be learning the new form of CPR for years to come.  Additionally, they will be learning the value about caring for another human being during a person’s life critical time of need.

Lifesavers, Inc. believes every adult not just high school students should learn CPR so that if some event like a heart stoppage happened to a family member or a co worker they should know what how to deliver rescue CPR or apply an AED.

The high school CPR laws have mainly been accomplished by the education and campaigning of the American Heart Association and interested parents’ groups.  It is proven that CPR training is the best way to increase the number of people who can help save a person when they are having a heart attack.  It is a proven fact that the first few minutes are critical to saving a heart victims life.

Teenage students and their teacher, using an oxygen mask on a CPR dummy.
Teenage students and their teacher, using an oxygen mask on a CPR dummy.

CPR training is a formative life long skill and can be a role model for ongoing life learning courses offered by companies like Creating a culture where people are recognized for learning more about helping others and for themselves is a key tenet of  The company has a commitment to create a recognition system to confirm a student has passed CPR training and can leverage this skill in many ways.  For example it would make sense for employers to ask if a person has a skill like CPR when they are hiring for future jobs, social service positions and more.

High School CPR training includes an instructional video and specially designed mannequins for hands-on practice.  HS CPR Training can be taught during physical education or gym class.  Learning CPR can give teens a sense of how challenging giving ongoing compression can be in real life.  Additionally this training demonstrates the attention to detail to administer proper CPR to save a life.

If your child is learning CPR in school maybe more adults should consider CPR as well.

Click here to learn about online CPR training for adults

In summary the states that have mandatory high school CPR training which Lifesavers is licensed to train in include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.   Good Luck to all the high school students who will be embarking on this course and life learning lesson.



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