Today the Ohio House passed Sub. House Bill 113, which would require CPR training through the use of an AED device for high school students. The legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), is in an effort to encourage more youth to be familiar with the CPR process and administering an AED so they are prepared for an emergency situation.
“I believe House Bill 113 is bi-partisan, common sense legislation that will have an immediate impact for all communities across the state,” Manning remarked. “Actual hands-on CPR training helps to prepare individuals to help victims in a severe moment of need. Equally important is the training regarding AEDs which are thankfully becoming more prevalent in our society. This training removes barriers from people who are fearful of handling these easy to use, yet life-saving devices.”
This legislation will require students in grades 9 through 12 to receive CPR training through the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Additionally, the bill ensures that students practice "hands on" training with a mannequin to learn the psycho-motor skills necessary to perform CPR.
To provide school districts with flexibility, HB 113 simply states that students must receive basic CPR training at some point in the four years they attend high school. Additionally, the bill only requires the training to last at least 30 minutes and students do not have to become CPR certified as a result of this legislation.
According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 424,000 cardiac arrest incidents take place in a setting outside a hospital or medical facility. In such situations, a victim’s chance of survival can double or triple if someone is able to administer CPR on the individual.
Representative Grossman has been an advocate for CPR and AED training in her time as a state representative, and has partnered with local officials to coordinate CPR training classes both at the Ohio Statehouse and in the central Ohio community.
“I’m pleased that this bill is the beginning of training our next generations with this important lifesaving skill,” Grossman said.
House Bill 113 passed 85-8 and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.