HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A bill signed Wednesday will require all Connecticut boards of education to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum to all high school students before they graduate.
Dan Giungi, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association, cheered the new legislation in a press release Thursday.
“With Governor Malloy signing this bill into law, it shows a commitment to teach students the lifesaving skill of CPR before they graduate, putting hundreds of qualified lifesavers in our communities, year after year,”
Bruce Hoffman, a You’re the Cure advocate, critical care nurse, and paramedic echoed Giungi’s statement.
“CPR as a graduation requirement is a phenomenal idea. By requiring all students to learn CPR prior to graduation allows for the creation of an entire generation of lifesavers.”
Annually, over 36,000 Connecticut students will be trained in CPR. According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Connecticut is now the 24th state to make CPR training a graduation requirement.