Letter to the editor: CPR education for students
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the Pennsylvania Senate to vote in favor of Senate Bill 521, sponsored by Sen. Tom Killion, R-West Chester. The legislation will ensure that high school students receive CPR training and learn about automated external defibrillators at least once before graduation — without placing a financial burden on schools or the commonwealth. The legislation has been approved by the State Education and Appropriations Committees, and may go before the full Senate for a final vote this week.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 356,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside hospitals every year, including 7,000 children. Unfortunately, only one victim in 10 survives. Survival rates can double or triple, however, when victims receive immediate CPR.
Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia require CPR education for high school graduation. It's time for Pennsylvania to join the national movement to create a new generation of lifesavers. We urge Pennsylvania residents to contact their state senators, asking them to vote in favor of SB 521.
The writer is president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (www.sca-aware.org).