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SB 521 - Requires CPR Training in High Schools - Pennsylvania Key Vote

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Title: Requires CPR Training in High Schools

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires mandatory CPR training and certification in high schools.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) education training for all students in grades 9 through 12 beginning at the start of the 2019-2020 school year (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that each school CPR education program cover the following curriculum guidelines, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Age appropriate training method approved by the department and model national standards;

    • Recommended guidelines and educational material from expert CPR organizations and emergency care;

    • Psychomotor skills training including hands-only CPR techniques; and

    • Information on the purpose of an automated external defibrillator.

  • Authorizes a teacher, instructor, or community volunteer to provide, facilitate, or oversee the instruction offered by a school entity and not be a certified CPR trainer (Sec. 1).

  • Exempts an individual from liability who in good faith provides CPR instruction to a student that has any civil damages as a result (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “automated external defibrillator” as a portable defibrillator designed to be automated for use by any person without substantial medical training responding to a cardiac emergency (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)” as a first aid technique utilizing hands-only compressions of the chest used to relieve an individual whose heart has stopped beating (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “department” as the Department of Education of the Commonwealth (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “psychomotor skills” as the use of hands-on practice to support cognitive learning (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “school entity” as the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • School district or joint school district;

    • Charter school, regional charter school, or cyber charter school; and

    • Intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school.

  • Establishes that this act will take effect 60 days after passage (Sec. 2).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires CPR Training in High Schools

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