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During a press conference in the Statehouse this week, State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), as well as representatives from the American Heart Association and Wexner Medical Center, championed legislation that would expand the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in high schools.


House Bill 113, sponsored by Grossman and Manning, would require high school students to receive CPR training prior to graduation.


“This important lifesaving training is invaluable if the situation arises to save a life,” Grossman said. “My goal is to train our next generation and I believe the results will benefit all Ohioans.”


The bill would allow Ohio’s high schools to offer CPR as part of their health curriculum training at any time during a student’s tenure, grades 9-12. Should it be signed into law, Ohio would join at least 20 other states with similar statutes.


“When you compare the amount of time and effort that goes in to learning CPR with its potential benefits, it really seems like common sense,” Manning said. “Having just a base level of understanding during a cardiac arrest situation can at least prepare people to react, rather than panic, when someone is in need.”


Each year, nearly 424,000 people suffer cardiac arrest while outside of a hospital. Of those, only about 10 percent survive. However, when effective hands-only bystander CPR is administered, a person’s chance of survival doubles or even triples. House Bill 113 hopes to educate more young people on how to effectively administer CPR and, thus, increase the potential chance of survival among people suffering cardiac arrest.


Among those who have expressed strong support for the legislation was Gail Hogan, a long-time news anchor in central Ohio, who survived a cardiac arrest episode in 1988 because of CPR. “I’m here today because of others who were willing to help,” she said.


House Bill 113 will be referred to a standing House committee in the very near future. Video of the press conference is available at http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=146061

 
 
 
  
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