The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, is celebrating final passage of Senate Bill 115 (Tom Killion, R-Delaware), legislation which will ensure all Pennsylvania high school students are trained in Hands-Only CPR. The bill will be headed to the governor for his signature.
Senate Bill 115 brings Pennsylvania’s CPR training standards in line with that of thirty-eight other states, including all states surrounding Pennsylvania. “Passing this bill was critical and a primary focus for our volunteers and staff at the American Heart Association,” said Deb Banks, executive director of the American Heart Association, Greater Pittsburgh. “The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest drops by 10 percent every second bystander CPR is not performed. Teaching Hands-Only CPR to young adults will ensure a way to bring thousands of confident and trained rescuers into our community each year.”
In step with this bill and to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), Ambridge Area High School students ended the year on Thursday with an important assembly to announce the Hands Only CPR in Schools training program that will be part of the curriculum in the fall. Thanks to the generous funding from FedEx Ground, more than 800 students will learn this lifesaving skill.
“The American Heart Association appreciates the community of supporters who were incredibly helpful in providing feedback, which led to a strong bill that earned unanimous support in the House and Senate. This is the perfect example of how a diverse group of organizations can come together around a common goal and impact our communities,” Banks added.
Over 350,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States each year, and four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home. Often, bystanders do not know how to start CPR or are afraid to perform it incorrectly. However, anyone can perform Hands-Only CPR by remembering just two easy steps.
Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.
Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until professional help arrives.